African-American Redress Network

AARN is a leading research and advocacy organization for U.S. racial justice.

AARN supports those engaged at the grassroots, regional and state levels in promoting racial justice for specific instances of U.S. historical wrongdoings by undertaking and facilitating multidisciplinary research, capacity-building, education, and legal advocacy. We are a collaboration among the Thurgood Marshall Center at Howard University’s School of Law, Washington, DC, and the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY.

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Promoting Reparation Efforts

AARN seeks to address racial injustice through the pursuit of reparations.

We provide technical assistance to local redress efforts through research, capacity-building, advocacy, and education.

Learn about our collaborations with Evanston, IL Restorative Housing Program, Brown Grove Preservation Group, VA, Africatown, AL.

Mapping Local Reparations

We are documenting community redress efforts across the country. Explore specific historical injustices, historical eras, reparations and individual states

AARN Blog

Brown Grove, Virginia Call to Action

From The Brown Grove Preservation Group. This is your opportunity to let your voices be heard! We ask that you ...
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Bringing the Darkness to the Light: A Lantern Walk for Africatown, AL

During the past month, AARN has been meeting with Major Joe Womack who is a retired Marine, a resident of ...
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Brown Grove, Virginia residents give testimony to stop the destruction of their community

On December 2nd, Brown Grove and Hanover residents provided arguments against any truck, or truck and trailer traffic along the ...
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Heirs property research

by James Lennox, AARN Student researcher For the past semester I have been working on independent research study on heirs ...
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Undesign the Redline @Barnard Symposium

On November 19th - 20th, Barnard College held a symposium, Undesign the Redline. Researchers, organizers, artists, and activists convened at ...
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The Brown Grove Empowerment and Strategic Planning Retreat

This past weekend, AARN with support from the International Center for Transitional Justice hosted a two day retreat for the ...
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What’s Happening Now

Professor Justin Hansford elected to serve on the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

On December 16, 2021, Professor Justin Hansford was elected to serve on the UN Permanent Forum on People of African ...
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Government Accountability Office to study disparities in benefits associated with race and ethnicity

This past year, the Black Veterans Project and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress examined the records on disability ...
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California Department of Justice

October 13, 2021, California Department of Justice, Reparations Task Force Meeting (Part 2 of 4). Please view 14.45 - 35.06 ...
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N’COBRA report, The Harm Is to Our Genes

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA) released their 2021 report, The Harm is to Our Genes: Transgenerational ...
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Africatown Heritage house

Darron Patterson, president of the Clotilda Descendants Association, pauses to speak to the media and folks roaming around the construction ...
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Elaine race massacre, Arkansas

People's World • OCTOBER 08, 2021 On anniversary of Elaine race massacre, Arkansas community says reparations are due ...
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Africatown, AL

AL.com Alabama • SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 A voice at the table’: In Africatown, patience wears thin over I-10 project Article: ...
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Brown Grove, Virginia

Richmond Times Dispatch • SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 Hanover's historic Brown Grove community allowed to search for graves at the planned Wegmans ...
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Join the Network

Our network provides vital resources and research for racial redress efforts, and includes many local, regional and national racial justice organizations. We hope you can join our great network of activists, academics and policy makers.

(Check out Human Rights page for more information on types of redress from the UN covenant on Civil and Political Rights)