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Thu Jul 29, 2021, 04:32 AM

Black 'New Deal,' Reparations Vital after Slavery, Discrimination, National Bar Leader Says

Newly sworn in National Bar Association President Carlos Moore said yesterday that he will champion the passage of various laws relating to voting rights, police reform and reparations. Moore will lead the 106-year-old organization of more than 65,000 predominantly African American lawyers, judges, law professors and law students for a one-year term.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston L. Kidd swore Moore in as the 79th president yesterday at a hybrid ceremony held at the Capital Club on Congress Street in Jackson surrounded by his family, associates and friends.

Moore said that the theme for his tenure is, “Stand Up NBA—Strong, Tenacious Advocates for a New Deal, Uplifting Our People.” He named three policy and legislative goals: passage of the the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, constituting a “new deal” for African Americans in the United States.

"After 401 years of being brought over here as slaves, I just don't believe Black and Brown people, especially Black people, have progressed as much as we should," Moore told the Jackson Free Press after the event. "And I believe the laws that I mentioned will level the playing field. It would actually give us a shot of having an equitable playing field in America."

Read more: https://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2021/jul/28/black-new-deal-reparations-vital-after-slavery-dis/

The National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.

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