Reparations organization ADOS held its second annual conference from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9 at historically Black Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville. While the event appeared to be well attended, judging from video footage posted on Twitter by ADOS co-founder Yvette Carnell, one person who was not in attendance was ADOS co-founder, Antonio Moore.
Moore skipped the event, reportedly due to an issue with dental work, and no longer lists #ADOS on his Twitter bio. He also does not seem to have posted anything about the conference except for one retweet on Oct. 9.
“He’s been healing from his dental work as he’s said on his recent YouTube shows and was not able to make it to this year’s conference unfortunately! Nonetheless, @tonetalks was definitely was felt in spirit!” the ADOS Advocacy Foundation tweeted.
ADOS stands for American Descendants of Slavery, a controversial movement that was launched in 2016 by political analyst Carnell and attorney Moore.
The 2021 conference included several workshops with guest speakers, according to its website. Simmons College President Dr. Kevin Cosby, who also serves as senior pastor of St. Stephen Church, was scheduled to lead a workshop on “Black Institutions & The Case of the ADOS Advocacy.” Also listed on the program was “Black Descendants of Tribal Freedmen Fight For Justice” with Marilyn Vann, president of the Descendants of Freedmen of Five Tribes Association; and “America’s Delinquent Promissory Note” with NAACP board member Kathy Egland.
The keynote speech was “Genealogical Trees Do Not Flourish Amongst Slaves” by Tamara Lanier, who sued Harvard University over portraits of enslaved people that were on display at the university. In March 2021, a judge dismissed the suit.
The conference also included a movie premiere of the first official documentary of the ADOS Advocacy Foundation.
The conference was held in person and virtually.
Carnell tweeted about the conference and expansion of ADOS, “Training on how the #ADOS Advocacy Foundation is building state branches & chapters.”
Many praised the conference online. Vandal @iamvandal617 tweeted, “The policy agenda ain’t gonna write itself.”
The inaugural ADOS Conference took place Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2019, and attracted some 2,000 attendees to Saint Stephen Baptist Church and Simmons College of Kentucky, one of 107 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. The conference was canceled in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
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