“Commemorations & Reparations: Slavery’s Global Legacies & Local Contexts,” a virtual conference that brought together historians, digital humanists, and community activists to raise important questions about the global and local impacts of slavery, took place on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2021. Video recordings of each conference session are embedded below.


Fri, Jan 29, 2021, 16:00-17:30 EST

Keynote Address: Jessica Marie Johnson, “La Traversée: Long Middle Passages and the Slave Trade to Louisiana”

How do we remember, study, and account for lives lost in the Middle Passage? How did Africans account for the experience themselves? This talk explores the French slave trade between the West African coast (principally Senegambia) and Gulf Coast Louisiana for strategies African women, children, and men used to describe, resist, and confront the impossible violence of their experience.


Sat, Jan 30, 2021, 11:00-12:15 EST

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, “On From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century


Sat, Jan 30, 2021, 13:30-14:45 EST

Pierce Freelon, “Haiti 2 Hayti: A Legacy of Revolutionary Pan African Culture in Durham”


William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen’s From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (UNC Press, 2020) is available for purchase from The Regulator Bookshop.

Jessica Marie Johnson’s Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (U of Penn. Press, 2020) is available for purchase from the University of Pennsylvania Press.