and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne is showing that reparations for
slavery is not just an American issue. In a letter to Harvard, Browne reminded
the renowned Ivy League institution its law school was built on the backs of
Antiguan slaves, reported the New York Times.
Dated Oct. 30, the letter addressed to Harvard President Lawrence Bascow made it clear Browne was not asking for a handout, but rather due payment for the suffering of Antiguan slaves.
Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” Browne
wrote. “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct
the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the
forefront of this effort.”
According to The Harvard Crimson, Antiguan slave owner Isaac Royall Jr. donated the money used to create the first endowed law professorship in 1815. The law school held his family’s crest as its symbol Click here to read entire article