House to hold first hearing on slavery reparations in over a decade
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The House will reportedly hold its first hearing on reparations for slavery in more than a decade next week.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is holding the hearing next Wednesday “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice,” according to The Associated Press. It will mark the first hearing on the topic since 2007.

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Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover are set to testify. Coates is the author of the widely read 2014 essay in The Atlantic “The Case for Reparations.” Glover has championed the issue through his activist work, the AP reported.

The hearing’s date coincides with Juneteenth, a holiday that marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Former Democratic Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersCalifornia comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations MORE Jr. (Mich.) introduced H.R. 40, which called for a study of reparations, every legislative session from 1989 until his resignation in 2017.

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeRon Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory 40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth MORE (D-Texas) reintroduced the bill earlier this year, and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Tim Cook called Pelosi to say tech antitrust bills were rushed MORE (D-Calif.) said in February she would support a study.