Actor Danny Glover and author Ta Nehisi-Coates will testify on Capitol Hill during a hearing on slavery reparations. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will lead the meeting on June 19th, better known as Juneteenth. According to NBC News, the report will discuss the “legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”
Danny Glover has long been a civil rights and political advocate. During his college days, Glover and his classmates held a five-month strike that led to the creation of San Francisco State University’s Department of Black Studies. He has also served as a board member for the Algebra Project, Black AIDS Institute, Walden House and Something Positive Dance Group. In recent years, he’s participated in the Occupy Oakland movement and led a protest against Hugo Boss.
Ta Nehisi-Coates has also used his platform to discuss civil rights and social justice. The critically-acclaimed author wrote the widely popular piece, The Case For Reparations, for The Atlantic in 2014. He’s also discussed topics of race, economics and class structure in his two most popular works, Between The World And Me and We Were Eight Years In Power.