National Reparations Awareness Day, Sunday, February 25, 2018, is a national initiative to increase awareness of the need and demand for reparations to repair the historical and ongoing damage to descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States (DAEUS) and to American society. Reparations means repair to be made whole. This includes repair of individual injuries and the rehabilitation of enabling institutions.
We call upon the faith community to take a bold moral leadership stand and participate in activities to increase awareness of the need and demand for the repair, reform and rehabilitation of the enabling social institutions that stand complicit in the crime against humanity of the African chattel slave trade by commission or omission.
As individuals and communities identify and employ both internal and external strategies for repair of the damage wrought by African chattel slavery, it is incumbent upon the enabling social institutions to begin the process of acknowledging their historical role and engaging in activities to rehabilitate and reform the policies, practices and programs that are based on error and institutionalize ignorance and injustice.
A. Submit national and local NCOBRA contact information in church bulletin(s)
B. Ask Pastor(s) to preach sermon on “Reparations Movement and Youth”
C. Invite representative from NCOBRA to speak on Reparations at Sunday Service
D. Ask Church(es) to take up a special offering for NCOBRA (reparations movement)
E. Ask Church choir director to sing a Reparations appropriate song i.e. “I Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed On Reparations” before sermon.
This should be a first step in the long journey to societal wholeness. We hope that this will not be the only step you take.
Deuteronomy 15: 12–15