Berkeley Talks: Charles Henry on the case for reparations

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Charles Henry is a professor emeritus of African American studies at UC Berkeley. (UC Berkeley photo)

In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Charles Henry, professor emeritus of African American studies at UC Berkeley and author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, discusses why reparations for slavery are gaining mainstream support, why he believes they are a solution and what could enable Black Americans to feel “acknowledged, redressed and with closure.”

This talk, given in October 2020, is part of “America’s Unfinished Work,” a series by Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI). In September, just a few weeks before Henry’s talk, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 3121, establishing a first-in-the-nation task force to study and make recommendations on reparations.

Listen to the full lecture in Berkeley Talks episode #107: “Charles Henry on the case for reparations.”