Will NJ pay Black Americans for slavery’s legacy? Advocates hope to spur Trenton

Last Juneteenth, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a Newark-based advocacy group, launched the New Jersey Reparations Council to determine how to compensate Black people impacted by the legacy of slavery in the Garden State.

The council’s goal is to put out a report on Juneteenth 2025 outlining how those reparations would work.

The next step for the council was to create nine committees that would address various aspects of the brutal and damaging institution of slavery in New Jersey: History of Slavery in New Jersey, Public Narrative & Memory; Economic Justice; Segregation in New Jersey; Democracy; Public Safety & Justice; Health Equity; Environmental Justice; and Faith and Black Resistance.

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