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Beyond Symbol: Culture & Reparations

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Public dialogue on arts and culture, the reparations movement, and NYC

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A series of public dialogues on how reparations for Black communities can move forward at a local level, and the role of arts and culture within the movement.  Each session will include a panel of five co-hosts and a special guest. 

Made possible with support from Humanities NY. Organized by FABnyc.


  • Amy Andrieux - Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Arts of the African Diaspora (MoCADA)
  • Ayesha Williams - Deputy Director, The Laundromat Project
  • Catherine Mbali Green-Johnson - Executive Director, ARTs East NY
  • Jordana De La Cruz - Co-Director, JACK
  • Ryan Gilliam - Executive Director, FABnyc

Events will also be live streamed via Facebook LIVE. Follow FABnyc on Facebook.

SESSION 1: Reparations, Culture, and Cities

Wednesday, February 3 4pm

Guest: Justin Hansford, Executive Director - Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University, founder U.S. African American Redress Network

How cultural reparations have been implemented in U.S. cities in the Southeast, and their connections, if any, to other reparation measures, as documented by the U.S. African American Redress Network.

SESSION 2: Organizing Asheville

Wednesday, March 17 4pm

Guests: Robert Thomas and Tashia Ethridge, Racial Justice Coalition, Asheville NC

The role of grassroots organizing in securing city legislation formalizing a reparations process in Asheville, NC. 

SESSION 3: Memorials, Museums, & Reparations

Wednesday, April 28 4pm

How memorials and museums advance reparations, and what steps need to be taken to go beyond the symbolic. Details TBA

SESSION 4: Reparations and NYC

Wednesday June 16 4pm

At the anniversary of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, a discussion of NYC’s history of memorial creation and removal, apology, and other official acts to address a history of racial injustice are related to the national movement for reparations.


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