Black Reparations Conference:
Learning, Challenges, & Strategies
in Reparations Work

February 24, 2023
8:30 am – 4:45 pm PST

Free Virtual Conference on Zoom

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Conference Mission

To provide an educational space and opportunity for networking for people who are
studying, advocating, proposing, and managing reparations policies for Black Americans.


1. Build connective tissue among Black reparations movement leaders (elected officials, scholars, activists, etc.)

2. Identify lessons learned from reparations efforts and educate conference attendees about Black reparations and strategies for remedying harm from slavery and its aftermath.

3. Articulate controversies within the Black reparations movement, and provide opportunities for connecting, sharing, studying, learning, healing, and movement building.

Schedule at-a-Glance

PRE-CONFERENCE: February 23, 2023
Reparations 101: From 40 Acres and a Mule to H.R. 40
CONFERENCE DATE: February 24, 2023
Opening Remarks and WelcomeCA Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber and CA Reparations Task Force Kamilah Moore
Learning for Reparations WorkCalifornia Reparations Panel
Challenges in Reparations WorkTrends in Federal, State, and Local Reparations Policies
Keynote SpeakerGenealogy with Kellie Farrish
Strategies for Reparations WorkRole of Philanthropy in the Reparations Movement
Joy and Wellness in Reparations Work
& Conference Closing
Additional Videos:Reparations for Black-Owned Businesses ft. Wanda’s Cooking & Collective Reparations eCommerce

Session Descriptions


Reparations 101: From 40 Acres and a Mule to H.R. 40

This session—intended for those new to Black reparations and interested in learning more—will provide a brief overview of the struggle for Black reparations in the U.S.

David Dixon, Goldman School of Public Policy MPA Graduate Student, U.C. Berkeley
Erika Weissinger, Ph.D., Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley; Reparation Generation National Advisory Board & Evaluation Lead

Resources Shared:
Berlin, Ira. (2004). Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 

Darity, W., & Mullen, K. (2020). From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century. The University of North Carolina Press. 

Darity, W., Mullen, K., & Hubbard, L. (2023). The Black Reparations Project: A Handbook for Racial Justice. University of California Press.

McGhee, H. C. (2021). The sum of us: What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together. One World.

Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law: A forgotten history of how our government segregated America. Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company.

Opening Remarks & Welcome

California Secretary of State

Shirley Nash Weber, Ph.D. was nominated to serve as California Secretary of State by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 22, 2020 and sworn into office on January 29, 2021. She is California’s first Black Secretary of State and only the fifth African American to serve as a state constitutional officer in California’s 170-year history.

California Reparations Task Force Chair

Kamilah Moore is a reparatory justice scholar and an attorney with a specialization in entertainment and intellectual property transactions. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in New York City, a Master of Laws degree in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Kamilah Moore was appointed to the Reparations Task Force by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.


California Reparations Panel

This panel will discuss the work of the AB 3121 Reparations Taskforce and give an outreach partner overview, as well as provide Bay Area county and municipal reparations presentations, followed by audience Q&A.

Facilitated by Supervisor Nate Miley, District 4, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, President

Chris Lodgson, Coalition For A Just and Equitable California
Dr. Kerby Lynch, Ceres Policy Research / #OperationReparations707
Terrance Davis, Vallejo Assistant City Manager
Regina Youngblood, Hayward Assistant City Manager
Jenny Chacon, Hayward Equity and Inclusion Officer
Demnlus Johnson III, Richmond City Council
Tinisch Hollins, Vice Chair, San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee

Resources Shared:
City and County of San Francisco.(n.d.). African American Reparations Advisory Committee.

City of Hayward.(n.d.). Russell City Reparative Justice Project.

Moore, K. V.(n.d.). Educational Tools.

State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.(n.d.). Reparations Reports.

State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.(n.d.). Reparations Task Force Meetings.

Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. (2022). Interim Report. State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

United Nations Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner.(2005, December 16). Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.


Trends in Federal, State, and Local Reparations Policies

This panel will discuss recent trends and examples of reparations policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We will explore a range of material and symbolic reparations efforts at all levels of government and consider how these different initiatives shape the national reparations landscape.

Katie Sandson, Program Director, Racial Redress and Reparations Lab
Malcolm Clarke, Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law (Boston Campus)
Dr. Linda Mann, co-founder, African American Redress Network

Resources Shared:
African-American Redress Network.(n.d.).

Francis M. M. (2019). The price of civil rights: Black lives, white funding, and movement capture. Law & Society Review, 53(1), 275–309.

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.(n.d.). Shuumi Land Tax.

U.S. Department of State. (2021, December 17). The Election of Justin Hansford to the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent [Press Statement].

Wilder, C. S. (2013). Ebony & ivy: Race, slavery, and the troubled history of America’s universities. Bloomsbury Press.

Keynote Speaker

Genealogist & AB3121 Advisory Participant

Professional genealogist and active advisory participant concerning reparations eligibility based on race or lineage for California’s AB3121 Reparation Task Force. Kellie spent 15 years helping African-American families trace their ancestry. She also facilitates workshops on transforming race narratives and dismantling systems of racial inequality. Prior to Kellie’s work in training and genealogy, she worked for 20 years in the banking and finance sector for major US institutions.

Resources Shared:
California Department of Justice. (2022, March 29). March 29, 2022 Reparations Task Force Witness Testimony – Kellie Farrish [Video]. YouTube.

DNA Genetic Testing For Health, Ancestry And More.(n.d.).

Family Tree, Genealogy & Family History Records.(n.d.).

Free Family Trees and Genealogy Archives.(n.d.).

Resources for Genealogists.(n.d.).


Role of Philanthropy in the Reparations Movement

This panel will explore the role philanthropy can play in supporting the reparations movement. For centuries, Black communities have been exploited to build the wealth that makes philanthropic endowments possible. What steps can philanthropy take to support the movement for Black reparations? What are the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of philanthropy and reparations? Join this session to learn from those who are prioritizing these questions at their organizations.

Facilitated by Dr. Darcelle Lahr, Mills College at Northeastern University Professor of Practice, Elfenworks Lecturer in Leadership & Ethics, Black Reparations Project Co-Chair

Katherine Ponce, Senior Research Associate for Special Projects, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Pat Clark, Chief Program Officer, Fund for Nonviolence
Jennie Goldfarb, Director of Operations & Strategic Engagement, Liberation Ventures

Joy and Wellness in Reparations Work

An interactive moment to engage in gentle movement, breathwork, and meditation, followed by collective group discussion about how to include space for joy and wellness in Black Reparations work.

Facilitated by Ciera B. Lewis, MA, Doctoral Intern, Michigan State University Counseling & Psychiatric Services

This session concludes with the Black Reparations Conference closing announcements and resources.

Reparations for Black-Owned Businesses

Wanda’s Cooking
Collective Reparations eCommerce Store

Conference Sponsors