Reparations Sabbath/Sunday is Coming
Thursday, December 2, UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, opens a “Season of Reparations”
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.
Join Our Community Led Reparations Sunday Events
December 14th 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Join Reparations Sunday with The Boston Worker’s Circle
Join Richmond Hill, Virginia Reparations Sunday Weekend of Events.
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-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 Preparation
Together we began a season of reflection and preparation for reparations on December 2. This day commemorated the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and began the Jubilee Period, which culminates with Reparations Sabbath on December 18 or Reparations Sunday, December 19.
We invite you to organize in your places of worship or in your ethically-centered organizations to deploy healing power, support Black-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 Reflection and Preparation leading to Reparations Sabbath/Reparations Sunday!
Click here to learn how to organize your community for December 2nd and/or December 19th.
JUBILEE FREEDOM DAYS & REPARATIONS SABBATH/SUNDAY
Reparations Sabbath/Sunday falls on the third weekend of December
Watch this training video on DIY Reparations Sunday/Sabbath
Watch past Reparations Sundays here
Get Involved: Featured Event
This December 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.
Sign our Petition today to help us reach 1000 signatures to rename Calhoun Square to Suzie King Taylor Square.