Renowned Speaker Esther Stanford-Xosei to Keynote Dallas Reparations Convention Saturday


Esther Stanford-Xosei. Photo. Flickr.

This year’s theme for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations’ (NCOBRA) 28th Annual National Convention in Dallas, Texas on June 23-25, 2017 is “The Fight for Reparations: What Do We Have to Gain?”
This year’s convention answers the question by presenting all the advances that have been achieved so far in the struggle for Reparations. One of the topics that will be discussed during the convention is the revised H.R. 40; the original H.R. 40, introduced by Congressman John Conyers, (D-MI), ever since 1989, sought to study whether African-Americans experienced continuing injuries from enslavement.
There have been incremental progress in recent years in advancing the demands. In 2016, the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent published its study and conclusion that the United States owes reparations to Blacks for a history of enslavement, segregation, and racial terrorism.
On January 3, 2017, Congressman Conyers introduced the new H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act, into the House Judiciary Committee. The new H.R. 40 proposes implementing various forms of remedies to repair the harm done to people of African descent whose ancestors were enslaved and terrorized in the United States.
Speakers at the convention will outline how African-Americans stand to gain public reparations from the new H.R. 40, with the ambitious timetable of obtaining reparations during the ongoing (2015-2024) United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent.
The keynote speaker for this year’s convention is Esther Stanford-Xosei from the United Kingdom. She is an acclaimed master teacher on all forms of reparations, co-founder of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE). She’s also spokesperson for the annual August 1st African Reparations March Committee that features the continuing theme “Stop the Maangamizi”.
Maangamizi is a Kiswahili word meaning “holocaust”; in this case the African holocaust of slavery and colonization.
The NCOBRA Annual National Convention will take place on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Act of Change Cultural Arts Institute, 3200 Lancaster Road, Suite 623 in Dallas.
A community speak-out will take place on Friday evening, from 7-10 pm, and Party with a Purpose on Saturday, June 24th, from 7-11 p.m., at the Pan African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery, and Resource Center at 4466 Marsalis Avenue in Dallas. The convention will conclude on Sunday, June 25th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony at the Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial, 3600 North Central Expressway in Dallas.
Limited space is still available to attend the convention at the cost of $80 per adult 18 years and older. Limited scholarships remain available for those unable to pay for the entire convention.
Separate admission costs are available for evening activities. Register for the convention in person or online at

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