A Debt Owed, Not a Handout: Detroit’s Role in the Reparations Movement

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This video essay serves as a poignant testament to Detroit’s pivotal contribution to the reparations movement, highlighting the enduring struggle for human rights and social justice. Through the narratives of esteemed figures such as The Honorable John Conyers, Reparations Ray Jenkins, and the Honorable Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson,

it delves into the harrowing experiences of Black Americans throughout history. Produced by Khary Frazier, the film employs editing, cinematography, sampling, and animations to craft a compelling narrative.

Other Detroiters Highlighted are Chris Alston, Milton Henry (Gaidi Obadele), Cicero Love, Chokwe Lumumba, Imari Obadele, Rosa Parks, and Betty Shabazz

Acknowledgments: Executive Produced by the City of Detroit Reparations Task Force & Detroit is Different Special thanks to all participants: Kwazi Akwamu, Mike Anderson, Ken Coleman, John Conyers III, Dr. Monica Conyers, Janis Hazel, Ricardo Jenkins, Jamon Jordan, Cecily McClellan, and Judge Deborah Thomas.

Music Credits: Lyrics by Khary WAE Frazier Music Production by Joe Black, Ian Sherman, Nick Speed, and Sterling Toles

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