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California reparations panel convenes at historic church

Kamilah Moore
Posted at 2:04 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 17:04:25-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Members of California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force are convening in a historic African American church in San Francisco, making their own history as they work to educate the public and develop a restitution proposal for the people harmed by the institution of slavery.

The two-day meeting at the Third Baptist Church in the city's Fillmore district is the first time the nine-member task force has gathered in person since its inaugural meeting nearly a year ago.

The gathering comes just weeks after the group voted to limit restitution to descendants of enslaved Black people.

About a dozen speakers lined up for public comment Wednesday morning, some thanking the task force members for their work.