Saint Paul’s process of making amends to Black American residents of the city for racist conditions endured by their ancestors will continue with public hearings this spring led by a city advisory committee.

The Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution in January 2021, formally apologizing for the city’s role in systemic racism and discrimination. The council also appointed an advisory group whose tasks include looking at reparations and the possibility of establishing a permanent reparations commission.

The advisory group has met for much of the past year and is hosting four virtual and in-person public sessions. One virtual session has been held. The second will take place from noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 29. Register at tinyurl.com/4buembuj.

In-person sessions are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway St., and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Rondo Library, 461 N. Dale St.

During the sessions, the committee will present its work and hear comments that could further shape its recommendations for the permanent commission. The recommendations are to be presented to the City Council in June.

— Jane McClure

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