Advocating for Racial Justice through Local Redress

Our Mission

The African American Redress Network (AARN) supports organizations on the grassroots, regional and state levels in promoting reparations. Our work addresses U.S. historical racial injustices by facilitating interdisciplinary research, capacity-building, education, and advocacy. We center the needs and goals of our network members as they secure redress at the local level. We focus on fostering collaboration at the local and national levels, supporting and expanding the work of redress activists, and creating a new broad consensus around redress.

2019 Racial Redress Convening

The creation of the AARN is the result of a 2019 Fall Convening, where a cross-section of activists, civil rights lawyers, scholars, faith-based leaders, museum curators, and government officials gathered to develop a framework for dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders working to address racial historical injustices. Members explored explicit micro-redress efforts to further understanding of the development and implementation of U.S. policies and their justice potential. Four themes guided discussions: (1) The Voices of Those Wronged, (2) Institutional Support at the Local Level, (3) Legacy of Harms, and (4) Pathways to Racial Redress. Convening members agreed that a national network addressing these issues was needed. Our work is dedicated to the minds and hearts of those convening members, who collaborated to forward justice and gave birth to the concept of this project.

Partner Institutions

Howard University: The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center is Howard University’s flagship institutional setting for the study of the practice of civil rights, human rights, and racial justice law and advocacy. They seek to achieve racial justice by using a human rights lens to support social movements that seek equal justice under law.

Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs

SIPA offers a Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degreess, as well as the Executive MPA and Ph.D. program in Sustainable Development. SIPA’s capstone courses are required for Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science Policy students. Capstones offer students an opportunity to engage with clients outside of the university where students consult on live projects.

Columbia University: The Institute for the Study of Human Rights

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights advances the field of human rights through critical human rights education, research, reflection, and capacity-building. The Institute fosters critical discussion about the opportunities and challenges of human rights theory and practice, and promotes multi-disciplinary research for those who apply human rights principles in their work.