Righting Wrongs: The Role of Apology and Reparations for Slavery

Righting Wrongs: The Role of Apology and Reparations for Slavery


Sponsored by Critical Connections and The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, this last in the series "Rehumanizing and Restoring Relationships" features Dr. Theodore Johnson, a public policy expert on race and social justice, and Dr. Ali Aslam, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College, discussing the nature of apologies for acts committed by states, the history of reparations for acts committed by states and the issues surrounding apology and reparations on the subject of slavery. The event featured Kent Alexander as moderator with additional comment by Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, professor of history and Africana Studies at UMass, Amherst. The event took place at Edwards Church in Northampton on April 3, 2019.

Production Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019

Critical Connections

Critical Connections is a non-profit organization based in western Massachusetts that seeks to improve understanding of social, political and religious trends related to Muslim communities here in the U.S. and abroad. 

We carry out our mission by:

  • Convening timely panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and dialogues
  • Producing community television shows and video blogs
  • Publishing backgrounders and commentaries on our website as well as disseminating informed opinions through social media
  • Reaching out to public sector officials, institutions and people of all beliefs to develop ways to build inclusive and more resilient communities


Please know that if I could be at every event, I would. The speakers and conversations are so helpful for me to learn, so I can then work to offset the anti-Muslim sentiment in our culture. I find far too many other local inter-religious events or dialogues to not engage issues deeply enough. Critical Connections provides me the fullness and richness of thought, politics, culture, religion, etc, that I am looking for. So just keep doing what you are doing!

— Rev. Corey Sanderson, 1st Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA

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