Reparations Sabbath/Sunday is Coming
Sunday, June 19, or Juneteenth, opened this year’s “Season of Remembrance and Reflection.” The Season culminates in Reparations Sabbath/Sunday.
In this age of a global pandemic, environmental crises, and rising polarization and hatred, the injustice and structural violence originally created through the moral and material harm of slavery is visible. More than ever we need to employ a response that holds us accountable to healing and repairing past harms. This year’s Reparations Sabbath and Reparations Sunday provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our complicity and to take action.
Getting Started: Understanding Our History
We publicly launched our project in 2019, an important year which commemorated:
- Four hundred years since Africans were brought to this continent in chains;
- Fifty years since James Forman introduced the Black Manifesto, demanding reparations for the role of religious institutions in the slave trade and discrimination against Black people;
- Forty years since the Greensboro Massacre that sparked the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in America;
- Five years since the murder of Michael Brown Jr., launching the Ferguson protests;
We, the Truth Telling Project’s premier program, called Grassroots Reparations Campaign, acknowledge our history and build a new reality for present and future generations by inviting a broad coalition of faith-based institutions, faith communities, and ethically-centered organizations to be part of this awakening.
With other Black- and People of Color-led organizations, we invite ethically-centered organizations and congregations from various religious traditions to atone and heal from participation in white supremacist culture, practices, and policies.
Season of Remembrance & Reflection
This year, we began our Season of Remembrance & Reflection for reparations on June 19, 2022, or Juneteenth. This Season runs through Reparations Sabbath and Reparations Sunday on August 20 and 21. The 21st marks the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
It resumes on December 2, commemorating the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and runs through #ReparationSabbath and #ReparationSunday on December 17 and 18.
We invite you to organize in your places of worship or in your ethically-centered organizations to deploy healing power, support Black- and People of Color-led grassroots organizations, and create a culture of reparations in communities across the United States.
Join a growing list of communities of faith and learning throughout the nation and organize for a Season of Remembrance & Reflection leading to Reparations Sabbath/Reparations Sunday!
Click here to learn how to organize your community for August 20-21 or December 17-18.
JUBILEE FREEDOM DAYS & REPARATIONS SABBATH/SUNDAY
Reparations Sabbath/Sunday falls on the third weekend of August and the third weekend of December
Watch this training on how to host your Reparations Sabbath/Sunday. Use the passcode +T.s1XU0.
Watch past Reparations Sabbaths/Sundays here
2022 Seasonal Calendar
- June 19th (Juneteenth) – Begins Season of Remembrance & Reflection
- June 20 – Rise Up Reparations: A Multi-faith Juneteenth Revival
- June 24-26 – N’COBRA’s 33rd National Convention
- Black August – Celebrates Black Freedom Fighters and Honors the Sacrifice of Political Prisoners (click here and here for resources)
- Aug 3rd – DIY (or “Do It Yourself”) Reparations Teach-in (register here)
- August 18-19th – Reparations Sabbath/Reparations Sunday (submit this form)
- August 23th – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
- Sept 26th – Rosh Hashanah
- October 5th – Yom Kippur
- October 10th – Indigenous Peoples Day
- October 24-26th – Reparations Course with Philadelphia Clergy
- October 28th – Philadelphia Reparations Ecosystem Gathering
- December 2nd – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
- December 19th – First Day of Hanukkah
- December 17-18th – Reparations Sabbath/Reparations Sunday | Jubilee Freedom Day
Get Involved: Featured Event
This Season highlights our Savannah Partners, who organize Jubilee Freedom Day. Jubilee Freedom Day commemorates the 1984 liberation of more than 25,000 people from bondage when Civil War Union forces reached the coast of Georgia. This emancipation led to Field Order 15 (“forty acres and a mule”).
Led by Patt Gunn, the Center for Jubilee in Savannah is demanding the change of Calhoun Square, named after an infamous slaver and U.S. politician, to Suzie King Taylor Square. The act of renaming a statue, building or street name is part of the public pedagogy to demand accountability and reinforce the sacredness of the black bodies beneath the square that were victimized by state-sanctioned violence.