St. Louis March For Reparations
The formation of the United States was based on white supremacy. This country was built on the backs of enslaved Africans, who were never compensated for the past four hundred plus years of their forced labor and suffering. Exploitation, land-loss, destruction of original identity, genocide, state violence and systemic racism continued in chattel slavery’s aftermath and still haunt the present in manifold ways.
- When: 9:30 am – 12 noon CT
- Where: St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch, 3309 S Grand Blvd (at Utah), St. Louis, MO 63118
- Start: Corner of S. Grand and Utah
- Route: March down S. Grand, Arsenal, & through TG Park
- End: Corner of S. Grand and Arsenal
Once we arrive at the corner of S. Grand and Arsenal, we will have a rally with an incredible lineup of speakers & poets!
Ticharwa Masimba: Economic Development Director of the Black Power Blueprint
Kalambayi Andenet: President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM)
Fo Feet: International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
Marilyn Aleem: Founder and Executive Director of Muslims for a Greater St. Louis
Penny Hess: Chair of the African People's Solidarity Committee
Angelika Mueller-Rowry: Gateway Green Alliance/ Green Party of St. Louis
Kyle Luzynski: Founder and Executive Director, Project Animal Freedom
People of African ancestry have legitimate claims to reparations including monetary compensation and the rebuilding of their communities. Reparations are a debt (not charity!) that is owed by our nation and other nations and by the corporate institutions chartered under our laws to a collective of people.
Until significant steps are taken to reverse the ongoing neglect and abuses – end police violence and the criminalization of Black communities, eradicate poverty, invest in public education, universal health care, and the restoration of human rights – it will be impossible to repair the continuing damage wrought by the ideology of white supremacy which permeates all governing institutions of this country. Leadership on the question what our nation owes ought to come from the African American community, whose right to self-determination and autonomy to chart the path of healing we fully recognize.