The Case for True Reparations

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear a lively and dynamic conversation between economist William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr., folklorist A. Kirsten Mullen, and actor/playwright Mike Wiley as they discuss misperceptions about the racial wealth gap, resistance to reparations, and the path forward. Prior to the event, Darity and Mullen suggest reading the introduction and Chapters 2 and 12 of their book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). The book is available for purchase as a hardcover from UNC Press or from The Regulator Bookshop and as an audiobook from

Attendees may also be interested in reading the Roosevelt Institute’s report “Resurrecting the Promise of 40 Acres: The Imperative of Reparations for Black Americans" and listening to The ARC of Justice: From Here to Equality podcast, produced by Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.


William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. More information

A. Kirsten Mullen is a folklorist and the founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas. More information

Mike Wiley is an acclaimed actor and playwright whose mission is to bring educational theater to young audiences and communities across the country, shining a light on key events and figures in African-American history. More information

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Images: Top: William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, photo by Justin B. Cook; bottom: Mike Wiley.

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Top: William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, photo by Justin B. Cook; bottom: Mike Wiley.