Fifteen years after the original Slavery and Justice Report’s release in 2006, the nation and the world has changed indelibly. The COVID-19 pandemic had disproportionately affected communities of color. The killing of Black Americans at the hands of police spurred a long-overdue reckoning with the anti-Black racism that racial slavery had fomented in the United States. Black people continue to be harmed by persistent disparities in access to employment, health care, housing, education, wages and food security.
It was through the lens of these and other complex issues that Brown chose to revisit its landmark Slavery and Justice Report.
Rather than replacing the original report, the second edition expands upon it with new perspectives from faculty, staff and alumni. A foreword from President Christina H. Paxson and essays by Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Director Anthony Bogues, President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons and a variety of Brown alumni reflect on the enduring legacy of the report, its impact on public conversation and scholarship, and its role in catalyzing new diversity, equity and inclusion goals at the University.