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Repairing Historical Harm: A Conversation on Reparations
In 2022, the Providence RI Municipal Reparations Commission was formed and tasked with recommending policies, programs, and projects to begin repairing harm to African Heritage and Indigenous Communities.

Guest speakers Kyle Bennett and Dwayne Keys will share their experiences serving on the Commission. They will present how the Commission approached its work, engaged the community, and how its recommendations close the racial wealth and equity gap between Providence residents and neighborhoods.

While this is one recent example, conversations about reparations are not new. We will discuss the evolution of approaches to reparations and recent generational shifts that have created broader support for addressing past injustices now for generations present and future.

The session will open with a brief historical contextualization of reparations in both the 19th-century South and in New England from Dr. Emily Field, followed by an overview of the Commission’s work, and conclude with a moderated discussion led by Dr. Kevin McGowan.

The MRISJ thanks Santander Bank for its generous support of the Civic Speaker Series

Bridgewater State University is committed to providing full and meaningful access for people with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this event, please email us at by Wednesday, March 28th.

*Please note this event was rescheduled from an original date of 2/28

Apr 4, 2023 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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