JULY 12 - 16, 2022
Reparations & Healing Convening
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
Hosted by Howard University Knight Chair in Race & Journalism Nikole Hannah-Jones and the Rockefeller Foundation, this convening is a gathering for reparations and healing experts from around the world to build relationships and learn from each other in order to deepen their understanding of, and develop and refine strategies to advance, reparations and healing work in their own spheres and as a collective.
The Bellagio Summit presents an opportunity to holistically address the legacies of the Transatlantic slave trade and strategies for reparations and racial healing. It provides a launching point for renewed and revitalized action toward reparations and racial healing around the world by creating a platform for the unification of a global action plan for reparations and to support current actions and processes. The dialogue in Bellagio focuses on the role Western institutions play in perpetuating the exploitation of Black people around the world.
Attendees at Bellagio will grapple with reframing narratives about the role of Europeans and European Institutions in the Transatlantic slave trade, will articulate the current state of reparations efforts, and will address the global systems that continue to exploit the Black world. It also provides an opportunity for various actors on the continent and from the Diaspora to commit to redefining strategy, build bridges and engender trust in a global campaign for reparations and healing.
This summit will nurture emergent views and innovative approaches to engaging in cross-continental dialogues with the hopes of co-creating a shared vision and collective capacity for reparative justice and racial healing for all people of African descent. This is an opportunity to leverage existing initiatives, amplify that work, and illuminate opportunities to harness various interests and aspirations.
Creating a Space
Create a space for all attendees to contribute to the convening regardless of their role, where they’re coming from in the world, or their relative, perceived power, expertise, and influence. so that all participants can share and be open to honest, open, and provocative feedback with each other.
Provide opportunities for attendees to build meaningful relationships with one another, beyond intellectual interest in one another’s work, so that we may move forward as co-conspirators in the global reparations movement.
Create opportunities to surface and share information and perspectives, recognizing there are many approaches to and definitions of reparations and healing around the globe, and that a key objective of this convening is to learn from each other regarding the broader landscape.
We’ve convened speakers from around the world to share their knowledge as well as to learn from each other on the landscape, insights, and strategies on the push for reparations. Review the bios and backgrounds here.
Dr. Kole A. Shettima
Co-Director, On Nigeria; Director John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Nigeria Office
Yvonne Darkwa-Poku JD
Senior Program Officer, On Nigeria, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Sierra Leonean human rights leader, researcher, development communications practitioner, ATJLF
Dean Adrien K. Wing
Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, University of Iowa College of Law
Human & Civil Rights Activist & Advocate, United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
Snr Political Officer (Democracy, Gov, Human Rights and Elections), Dept of Political Affairs, African Union Commission
Read, Listen, Watch
We’ve put together a short list of informational materials that you can check out to learn more about reparations and racial healing.