October 20, 2021/ 5:00 PM

Black+Japanese American Reparations Book Club

The USC Ito Center Black+Japanese American Reparations Book Club is back! Just as the history of racial harm in America is inexorably intertwined, the repair of that harm can be accomplished only through solidarity between multiple communities. Many Black reparations advocates have pointed directly to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 granting reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII as a precedent that can inform the case for restorative justice for African Americans. By exploring the commonalities and differences between the multi-generational effects of America’s racial karma, the USC Ito Center Reparations book club aims to understand reparations at a deeper level — as Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued, reparations is more than a recompense of past injustices, but a national reckoning that can "lead to spiritual renewal.” The book club will meet monthly from September to November 2021. Please see dates below and RSVP for each meeting for the Zoom link. Zoom meeting information will be sent closer to the event. We look forward to connecting with anyone concerned with racial justice and repairing America’s race-based harms.

This event is co-sponsored by Densho, JANM, and Tsuru for Solidarity. 

Wednesday, September 22 at 5PM PST | RSVP
Katherine Franke, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition

Wednesday, October 20 at 5PM PST | RSVP
Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations; Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, and 12

John Tateishi, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

Wednesday, November 10 at 5PM PST | RSVP
Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America