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

Descendants of the St. Louis University Enslaved (DSLUE)

DSLUE was formed by three Missouri family groups, descendants of people enslaved by the Jesuits and made to build and ...
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The Legacy of Colored School No. 4 with Eric K. Washington

In December, AARN published a letter urging the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission to act upon the Request for Evaluation ...
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Mapping Updates!

We are happy to announce a few updates to our redress map. Notably, we have added reparation subheadings under each ...
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Reparations 2022 Conference

On April 1st and 2nd, AARN participated in our 3rd Annual Reparations Conference: Reparations 2022! Reparations 2022 brought together leading ...
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AARN @ Undesign the Redline

On November 20, 2021, AARN participated in Barnard College's Undesign the Redline symposium. Undesign the Redline @ Barnard is an ...
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Reparations 2022 Conference

Reparations 2022 will bring together leading reparations advocates and activists to share strategies and strengthen efforts. The online program will ...
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Descendant: An Africatown Documentary

In 1In 1860, two white men sailed to Africa with the intention of kidnapping Africans and bringing them back to ...
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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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What’s Happening Now

ACTEC: The Fight for Justice, Reparations and Bruce’s Beach

In 1912, Black entrepreneurs Charles and Willa Bruce purchased a beachfront property in Manhattan Beach, California. “Bruce’s Beach,” which included ...
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PBS Video: In environmental justice battle, church anchors Brown Grove

“It's always just encroachment…so the people are steadily moving out or being pushed out, and my fear is the community; ...
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“Equity, Equality, and Repair”: the African-American Redress Network’s Mission: THE EYE

By Lilienne Shore Kilgore-Brown When Linda J. Mann arrived at Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights as a fellow ...
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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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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)