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Reparations for slavery was an important topic of discussion in the Twittersphere this week. Published by Politico Magazine, Jesús A. Rodríguez’s article “This Could Be the First Slavery Reparations Policy in America,” explores the evolution of Georgetown University’s student activism calling for reparations. The efforts of the students culminated this week with a proposed referendum that would establish financial compensation to the living descendants of the slaves once sold by the university. They voted overwhelmingly in favor of the referendum to establish the fund. Deepika Jonnalagadda’s article, “Students Endorse Reconciliation Fee in GU272 Referendum,” published by The Hoya, and Adeel Hassan’s “Georgetown Students Agree to Create Reparations Fund,” published by The New York Times, cover the student election and what this may mean for Georgetown University. Find Rodríguez’s article, here: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/04/09/georgetown-university-reparations-slave-trade-226581?fbclid=IwAR1b0cuLN4qs8fHtU3rp8FVBKpj7cna6xuhjoGKS8Mp4iWPMbem56UWNP0c Jonnalagadda’s piece, here: https://www.thehoya.com/students-endorse-reconciliation-fee-gu272-referendum/ and Hassan’s article, here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/georgetown-reparations.html


Published by Hyperallergic, Abe Ahn’s article “The Lesser-Known History of Slavery in California,” also made the rounds this week. In it, Ahn explores enslavement in California through Tyree Boyd-Pates and Taylor Bythewood-Porter’s exhibition, California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848-1865. Find out more, here: https://hyperallergic.com/494309/california-bound-california-african-american-museum/


Merging science and history, doctoral student Carter Clinton used bacterial DNA, soil chemistry, and geospatial analysis to examine the New York African Burial Ground resulting in a new discovery regarding the diets of enslaved Africans. Published by Howard Newsroom¸ Imani Pope-Johns explores Clinton’s research and findings in her article, “Howard University Ph.D. Student Makes New Health Discovery about the Enslaved Africans of New York.” Read it, here: https://newsroom.howard.edu/newsroom/static/10211/howard-university-phd-student-makes-new-health-discovery-about-enslaved