100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

19. ADOS starts annual conference, helps popularize reparations in mainstream

Four hundred years after the first African slaves touched American soil, more than 2,000 people from around the U.S. traveled to Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 4 and 5, 2019 for the inaugural ADOS Conference.

Founded by political analyst Yvette Carnell and attorney Antonio Moore, ADOS bills itself as a reparations movement with a Black Agenda called a New Deal for Black America.

In addition to monetary reparations for slavery, ADOS priorities include reinstituting protections of The Voting Rights Act, prison reform, and increased support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Paul Sowers attended the ADOS conference and wrote about it in his blog. Here, he describes the mood at the conference:

“I honestly don’t think—unless you were actually there in that room … that you can really understand just how deeply connected ADOS are with one another, or really get your head around the sense of harmony and union that so totally pervades this movement of a people in lockstep toward justice and restitution. In fact, the only word I think I heard more than ‘justice’ that weekend, was ‘family.’”

Paul Sowers

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