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A debate on reparations will be held at Colby College in Waterville on Sunday, November 3. Roy L. Brooks, a legal scholar and civil rights activist, and Reginald Jones, spokesman for the conservative African-American group Project 21, will discuss whether African Americans are owed reparations for the enslavement of their ancestors. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Brooks served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, was a clerk for the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia and practiced law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City before joining the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law in 1979. He teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, civil rights, employment discrimination and critical theory. He is the author of numerous scholarly books, articles and reviews, and his publications include Rethinking the American Race Problem and Integration or Separation? A Strategy for Racial Equality, both of which received the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award for civil rights.

Jones is lead spokesman for Project 21, a national leadership network of conservative African Americans and an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. As spokesman he has appeared in numerous newspapers and on television programs and talk radio shows, including the Rush Limbaugh radio program. Jones was rated the best speaker at the 1999 National Conservative Student Conference. He previously was host of his own national radio program Grassroots Live and in 1998 he became the host of Generation Now on the Radio America Network. Jones’s community and philanthropic activities have been recognized and commended by the New Jersey state legislature.

This event is sponsored by the Cotter Debate Fund and the Pugh Community Board at Colby.