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History Of The Reparations Movement

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The reparations movement was originally created to primarily help black people gain their own self-sufficiency. The movement began with those like Callie House and Queen Mother Audley, those who wanted African-Americans to heal on their own. They worked for reparations that would help them gain political rights, land, education, their own churches, and healthcare. Most of the movement, the older members especially, believed that the focus should be on helping the members that were unable to help themselves. Over time, as African-Americans started to get educated and started to understand their rights, they began to move towards the political scene and towards more "monetary-based" reparations. Biondi explained that as the movement grew older, it worked towards gaining public and international support.
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