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Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary 2022 Colloquium

What Does the Bible Say?

Thursday, May 19  - Saturday, May 21 , 2022

Thursday & Friday: 7:00 to 9:00pm E.S.T.
Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm E.S.T.



According to various polls, a majority of Americans oppose reparations for native Black Americans, specifically the descendants of U.S. Freedmen. Ironically, polls also indicate support to be on an incline compared to previous years, reaching levels of support never before seen in history.

As the possibility of reparations begins to find favor amongst the populace, ploys to confuse the discourse and disrupt progress are becoming routine, making it difficult for newcomers to know where to turn to gain a firm and practical understanding.

So for our 2022 Colloquium, we have invited a theologian, social scientists, and organizers from around the country to join us for a comprehensive and focused discourse on reparations for Black Americans. They will offer insights that will help participants form a solid stance on the subject.

While U.S. slavery ended in 1865 on paper, the aftermath (the racial/lineage wealth gap, third-world type poverty, mass incarceration, police brutality, homelessness, unemployment, health disparities, etc.) continues to impact the native Black community the hardest; and studies paint an even more devastating future if restorative action is not taken immediately.

Pure reparations is the only path to healing [the Soul of] America; and we invite you to join us to learn why and to discuss how it can be achieved.

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Guest Line-Up

Presenter Line-Up

Presenters and Schedule are subject to change.

Day #1 - Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Conversation With the Scholars

Historians & Authors of "From Here to Equality":

  • Dr. William "Sandy" Darity Jr., Ph.D.,
    World Leading Economist

  • A. Kirsten Mullen, Folklorist & Writer


Day #2 - May 20, 2022

A Conversation With an Expert

Renowned Legal Scholar:

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, J.D., Dean and Professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and a U.S. Constitutional Lawyer and Expert


A Roundtable With the Grassroots

The Organizers ("Boots on the Ground"):

  • Ms. Friday Jones, Co-Facilitator of the National Assembly for American Slavery Descendants (NAASD) - Los Angeles, CA

  • Mr. Chris Lodgson, Organizer with the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California (CJEC) - Sacramento, CA

  • Mr. Marlon Watson, President & Founder of the Freedman Descendants of Chicago (FDOC) - Chicago, IL

  • Ms. Angela Nirvana, Co-Founder of the Contemporary Grassroots Reparations Movement (CGRM) - Los Angeles, CA


Day #3 - Saturday, May 21, 2022

A Conversation With a Theologian & Mental Health Professional

  • The Rev. Sheila McKeithen, J.D., President of JCTS and the Universal Foundation for Better Living, Senior Minister of the Universal Centre of Truth, Attorney, and Activist

  • Dr. Matthew Woodfork, Ph.D., Psychologist and Faculty at Florida International University

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  • Book: "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century" (W. Darity Jr. & A. K. Mullen, 2020)

  • Research Study: "What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap" (W. Darity Jr., D. Hamilton, M. Paul, A. Aja, A. Price, A. Moore & C. Chiopris, 2018)

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