A series of essays towards General Convention in 2003
(This is a very preliminary first draft. I would welcome suggestions and co-sponsors. Send your suggestions to )
Resolved, the House of ___ Concurring, that this 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Minneapolis supports a full and complete apology to African Americans for the Church's involvement in slavery and the systemic injustice which is slavery's legacy, and be it furtherSponsored by: Louie Crew (L2, Newark),.......
RESOLVED that ECUSA will spend five percent of the DFMS annual program budget for the 20 years beginning 2006 to fund education for the descendants of slaves, and be it further,
RESOLVED that Executive Council will appoint a Reconciliation Task Force to collect the evidence of the harm that this legacy continues to exact on persons of color in our church and report to the 75th General Convention
RESOLVED that The Washington Office of the Episcopal Church will work for a just and lasting remedy at the federal level to this historic blight on our nation, and be it further
RESOLVED that the Episcopal Church advocates access to free education through at least two graduate degrees for every descendant of a slave in the US, the funding to cover education that begins on January 1st after the legislation is enacted. It is to be understood that this resolution does not guarantee the education, only the access to education meeting routine standards of admission. It is to be further understood that 'education' includes certified training schools as well as colleges and universities.
This effort can in no way re-pay the price paid by so many Americans for so long, but it can begin the effort, long overdue, to compensate their descendants. This process can make our dreams of democracy move from rhetoric to fact.
This initiative is not unusual. The United States has granted reparations to Native Americans, to Japanese Americans, and to several other groups that have suffered systemic disadvantages from our unequal and unjust policies.