FILMMAKER STANLEY NELSON: 'THE LEGACY OF ENSLAVEMENT IS STILL WITH US'

The filmmaker behind an upcoming documentary on the transatlantic slave trade has called on U.S. lawmakers to not let the push for slavery reparations to die in Congress.

In an interview with Newsweek, Stanley Nelson, whose documentary Creating The New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade is set to air on PBS in 2021, said a congressional hearing on Wednesday discussing the possibility for reparations for the descendants of slaves was a necessary step toward justice.

"I don't necessarily think reparations will come out of what's happening now, but this does start the discussion and that discussion may take years to come to fruition," he said.

"What's great about what's happening now is that this starts the conversation," Nelson said of the hearing, which took place on Juneteenth, the day marking the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas.

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