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History & Healing: Reparations and Repair in Detroit & Beyond

January 15 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A map of black bottom in Detroit in 1951

How do we maintain and encourage an authentic commitment to Afrourbanism by utilizing the knowledge to be found in resources such as storytelling, oral histories, and archives that center the lived experiences of Black peoples? How do projects like the Black Bottom Archives and the Friends of Royal Oak Township’s Truth Toward Reconciliation initiative help us think about the possibilities of reparations as a form of remembrance and healing?



Bénédicte Boisseron
Chair, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan

Opening Remarks and Reflections

Lauren Hood
Founder/Director, Institute for AfroUrbanism
Associate Professor of Practice in Urban and Regional Planning
A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan


Marcia Black
Director, Black Bottom Archives

Baba Cheikh Mbacké
Co-Founder, Friends of Royal Oak Township
Preceded by four-minute except of film, A Tale of Ten Cities

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Angela D. Dillard (moderator)|
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and in the Residential College
University of Michigan

Closing Remarks

John Carson
Director, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Associate Professor, History
University of Michigan

This event is presented by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of History, and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. Additional support from the Kalt Fund for African American and African History.


January 15
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Michigan Union
530 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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