Reparations &
Healing Convening

JULY 12 - 16, 2022

Reparations & Healing Convening

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

Hosted by

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Bellagio Summer Resident Fellow;
Knight Chair Professor at Howard University


The Convening

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.

Our Approach

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.

Providing Opportunities

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.

Sharing Perspectives

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.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Bellagio Summer Resident Fellow;
Knight Chair Professor at Howard University

Dr. Amara Enyia

President, Global Black

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

Dr. Ronald Daniels

President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, New York, NY

Kamm Howard

National Director, Reparations United

Kofi Appenteng

President & CEO of the
Africa-America Institute

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy

President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

Makmid Kamara

Sierra Leonean human rights leader, researcher, development communications practitioner, ATJLF

Dr. Sir Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor of the
University of the West Indies

Dr. Liliane Umubyeyi

Co-Founder & Co-Director
of the African Futures Action Lab

Deanna Hayden

second-year doctoral student studying Communication, Culture, & Media Studies

Brian Tamuka Kagoro

Lawyer & Pan-Africanist, Open Society Foundation

Paula Moreno

Founder & President of Manos Visibles (Visible Hands)

Dean Adrien K. Wing

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, University of Iowa College of Law

Miriam Ekiudoko

Human & Civil Rights Activist & Advocate, United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Idayat Hassan

Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

Nana Sarpong

Hospitality Consultant

Jasmine Mickens

Program Manager for the Global Justice team, Open Society Foundations

Kathy Masaoka

Co-Chair Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Matthew R. Feldman

Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Evanston Community Foundation

Virtual Participants

John Ikubaje

Snr Political Officer (Democracy, Gov, Human Rights and Elections), Dept of Political Affairs, African Union Commission

Dr. Enola Aird

Founder & President of The
Community Healing Network

Phillis D. Hill

Senior Grants Manager, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Kimberly Collins

Associate to the Managing Director, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Hauwa Kazeem

Program Associate, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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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.