By: Jana Talafer
March 10, 2020
Shaking up the status quo
Besides interviewing business entrepreneurs shaking up the status quo, Roberts intends to talk with people on the front lines addressing issues like reparations for African Americans and helping Native American Indians reclaim tribal lands.
She’ll be stopping in places like Durham, NC., to talk with William A. Darity, Jr., professor of public policy at Duke University, and a leading scholar on reparations for slavery, and Hakim Williams, chair of African American Studies and Director of Peace & Justice Studies at Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg University, who conducts racial healing workshops.
“Most people immediately think of money when reparations comes up, but I’m also talking about the concept of collective healing and atonement, with programs that would add resources to the local economy and colleges, workshops developed on healing race relations, and discussion of the slave trade, redlining, and prison incarceration among African Americans,” says Roberts.
When she arrives out west in places like Porcupine, SD, and Vinita, OK, Roberts will be looking at efforts underway to improve the economic condition of Native American Indian tribes. She’ll be speaking with Patty Gobert, loan administrator with Native American Community Development Corporation, which provides loans to seven tribes in Montana, and Chuck Hoskins, chief of the Cherokee Nation, who led the effort to seat a Cherokee delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time.
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