On Wednesday, June 19, a historic hearing was held by the Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. Witnesses, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Danny Glover, and Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton, gave powerful and compelling testimony providing moral
clarity on the importance of enacting H.R. 40 and establishing a “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act of 2019.” This legislation was first introduced by retired Member of Congress John Conyers of Michigan in 1989
and was intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.