Dr. Ron Daniels, convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), recently announced that Dr. Cheryl Grills, Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, former national president of The Association of Black Psychologists and founder/director of a non-profit program organization called Imoyase Community Support Services, has been appointed to NAARC.
Grills is also a charter member of the milestone California Reparations Commission, the first statewide commission charged with “investigating the history of injustice and brutality against Black people, with a special consideration for African-Americans who are descendants of persons enslaved in the United States.”
“I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams – making reparations both a personal and professional matter,” Grills said in accepting the appointment. “The work of unveiling, decolonizing and redressing the history of our enslavement and post enslavement oppression in America is long overdue. Doing the work of reparations brings several opportunities including helping us as Black people change how we as a community understand where we are (in the tapestry of American life), how we got here (interpreting our personal and collective stories), and where we want to go (unencumbered by the weight of racism and the anti-Black narrative that dominates this society).
“This is an all-hands-on deck call for ubuntu (community) and sawubona (truly seeing each other free of the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority),” she added.
“I am delighted that Dr. Cheryl Grills will be joining NAARC as a commissioner,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, inaugural dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State, LA, and a NAARC Commissioner. “Her expertise is an invaluable addition to our team.”
NAARC is a distinguished assembly of activists, scholars, civil rights, human rights, labor and faith leaders with outstanding experience, expertise and accomplishments in fields related to reparatory justice advocacy.