H.R. 40 and the Quest for Reparations


J. Citron and Jeff McArn will center this program around legislation H.R. 40, which has been discussed in the House of Representatives for over three decades. The legislation has not made it beyond debate within the house. In addition to explaining the text itself, the presentation will also include videos of 2019 congressional testimonies by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Coleman Hughes (in favor and against reparations, respectively) on Juneteenth. Citron and McArn plan to center Black voices and perspectives on H.R. 40 throughout the presentation. With this in mind, they will also be including prominent voices who have weighed in on the case for reparations, including politicians, religious figures, political organizers and activist groups. 

JJ Citron is a Colgate University alumna from the Class of 2020, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Peace and Conflict Studies. She served as the Upstate Institute 2019 Fellow at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. From June-September 2020, she examined the intersection between race, technology and law as a Research Assistant at the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab. Jeffrey McArn has been the Hamilton College Chaplain since 1996, when he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church. A native of Laurinburg, N.C., McArn is a graduate of Davidson College and Harvard Divinity School. Jeff works with both the Protestant Chapel Community and the Interfaith Community on campus, local community outreach initiatives, and service learning. He is a member of the NAHOF Cabinet of Freedom and co-chair of the NAHOF Ongoing Abolition Committee.


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