In 2003, Brown University President Ruth Simmons appointed a Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The committee, which included faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, and administrators, was charged to investigate and to prepare a report about the University’s historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. It was also asked to organize public programs that might help the campus and the nation reflect on the meaning of this history in the present, on the complex historical, political, legal, and moral questions posed by any present-day confrontation with past injustice.
This site includes:
- the committee’s final report (PDF);
- background information about the committee;
- a calendar of events, including video clips of speakers;
- facilities to offer feedback;
- scholarly resources, including a documentary reconstruction of the voyage of a Rhode Island slave ship, a repository of historical documents, and curricular materials for teachers.
added the link to the NYT story on this.
They didn’t go far enough, that financial reparations need to be made; time does not make up for the position this race was left in due to the exploitation which was forced upon them.