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1969 The Forgotten Reparations Struggle at Cobo Hall Detroit

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In Dec. 1969 I organized Jonathan's Wake, an effort to call WASP churches to justice on the reparations issue. I had support from the likes of Will Campbell, Louise Orr. Sue Hatt and Malcolm Boyd. We failed. In the fog of the war and the difficulty of communicating what Nietzsche called "ecumenical ideas" we were deemed immature by the placid keepers of our churches. We were zapped by a parliamentary manoevre. We lost jobs, face and careers. History has passed us by and sadly even my alma mater Union Theological Seminary in NYC neglected even to mention this struggle in a retrospective event a few years ago. Nonetheless the issue remains unresolved and we as a nation are still facing the results even as churches happily take pride in their forward progress.