Washington, DC —The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has entered a historic partnership with Harvard Kennedy School’s William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for social justice to develop a faith-based campaign for reparations as a client in the course, Creating Justice in Real Time: Visions, Strategies, and Campaigns.
The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative aims to support innovative and inspiring partners to strengthen the reparations movement. Under its umbrella, a team of Harvard students will be assigned to provide research and resource development support to the NCC in developing Journey to Jubilee, a campaign for reparative justice and democracy reform through racial healing and transformation.
Journey to Jubilee will launch February 1, 2023, in commemoration of Black History Month.
“The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA is a paragon of ecumenical leadership that figures prominently in the long history of social justice movements. The seeds of the enduring reparatory justice movement will be watered by the synergetic efforts of Harvard students and the NCC. With this historic collaboration, we are harnessing prophetic witness to advocacy pedagogy in order to advance America’s moral deliberations on its history and future of reparatory justice,” noted Dr. Cornell William Brooks, Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice.
The NCC, representing 37 member communions, 100,000 congregations, and more than 30 million congregants, has been at the forefront, advocating for reparations as part of its ACT Now to End Racism initiative.
“We are excited that another generation of scholars is willing to tackle the hard work of justice in the area of reparations to explore and develop a fresh way forward,” said NCC Interim President and General Secretary Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.
The Journey to Jubilee has among its principal aims:
- Establish a broad-based network of faith leaders, activists, and organizations in the reparative justice movement
- Develop a faith-based reparative justice toolkit and training resource to educate faith communities on reparations
- Train and educate faith leaders and communities on advocacy and issue-based organizing
- Convene a gathering of faith leaders to dialogue on reparations
- Establish a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations for African Americans
For more information about Journey to Jubilee and the partnership with the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative, email: [email protected].