Mon 17 Dec, 2007
Tags: Charles Ogletree, H.R. 40, John Conyers, Legislation, Reparations, Slave trade, Slavery, U.S. Congress
The House Judiciary Committee has released the witness list for tomorrow’s hearing, by the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, on the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.
The witness list includes a number of prominent scholars and policy experts on slavery and race, including Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School, a leading advocate of reparations for slavery, and Professor Stephan Thernstrom, a noted Harvard historian and scholar of race in the U.S.
The full witness list can be found here.
As a reminder, this hearing takes place in the context of several bills related to slavery and the slave trade, including H.R. 40, the bill proposed each year by the committee chair, Rep. John Conyers, to establish a commission to study reparations for slavery; H.Res. 194, a resolution calling for the House to apologize for slavery; and H.R. 3432, legislation to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the U.S. slave trade.