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Donia Human Rights Center Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture | Legacies of Slavery: Calculating Transgenerational Costs and Demanding Reparations in Haiti and Brazil

January 22, 2024 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Tisch Hall

Donia Human Rights Center

The Donia Human Rights Center’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event this year features a panel of scholars who will discuss demands for reparations in Brazil and Haiti. The two nations might be seen as bookends in the torturous process of abolition of slavery in the Americas: Haiti, which emerged from the world’s only successful slave revolt, was the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to permanently abolish slavery, in 1804. Brazil was the last, in 1888. In both nations, longstanding demands for reparations have focused on different ways the legacies of slavery restricted freedom and access to social and economic resources for Black citizens up to the present. Panelists will consider how demands for reparations have evolved in each nation, gaining momentum alongside movements for reparation elsewhere in the Americas.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required if you intend to participate virtually. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. Register at:


  • Marlene Daut, Professor of French and African American Studies, Yale University
  • Martha Abreu, Professor of History, Universidade Federal Fluminens
  • Fernanda Thomaz, Director of the Agency for Memory and Truth about Slavery and the Transatlantic Trafficking of Enslaved People
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