Kamm Howard is a Chicago businessman and real estate investor, and is an internationally respected reparations activist. In 2014, he spoke at the 8th Pan African Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on the “new paradigm of reparations activism.” In 2016, he was a key organizer for the US visit of the United Nations Working Group of Experts for People of African Descent that proclaimed that the US must engage in reparations.
Kamm has been a 16-year member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, N’COBRA. In 2017, Kamm was elected as the National Male Co-Chair. In 2015 as a member of the National African American Reparations Commission, led a team to re-vise HR 40, the federal reparations bill. Kamm recently authored a pamphlet, “Laying the Foundation for Local Reparations: A Guide for Providing National Symmetry for Local Reparations Efforts.” And in June of 2020, Kamm successfully led the work to pass the City of Chicago Subcommittee on Reparations.
Presentations from Facing Race 2020
This moment, in which the entire world is standing up to declare that Black Lives DO Matter, is ripe with possibility. It’s time to organize and operationalize demands originating from the long legacy of struggles for reparations by Black people and support the work of Movement for Black Lives, N’COBRA, NAARC and innumerable local community organizers who have been leading this work in their neighborhoods.
During this session, we will define reparations, discuss how reparations are gaining momentum in various localities across the US such as Chicago, Evanston, California, and Pennsylvania as a viable redressal of state violence, how regional and federal reparations demands intersect with one another, and explore how people can advance the fight for reparations in their local jurisdictions.
Moderator(s): Shweta Moorthy, Yirssi Bergman
Speakers: Kamm Howard, Kelli Dillon, Chris Rabb, Aislinn Pulley