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Full Text of HJR0014  95th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, Approximately 4,000,000 Africans and their
3 descendants were enslaved in the United States and colonies
4 that became the United States from 1619 to 1865; and
5     WHEREAS, The institution of slavery was constitutionally
6 and statutorily sanctioned by the Government of the United
7 States from 1789 through 1865; and
8     WHEREAS, The slavery that flourished in the United States
9 constituted an immoral and inhumane deprivation of Africans'
10 life, liberty, African citizenship rights, and cultural
11 heritage, and denied them the fruits of their own labor; and
12     WHEREAS, Sufficient inquiry has not been made into the
13 effects of the institution of slavery on living
14 African-Americans and society in the United States; therefore,
15 be it
18 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that there is established the
19 Commission to Study the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Past
20 and Present Effects on African-Americans (hereinafter referred
21 to as the Commission); and be it further



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1     RESOLVED, That the Commission shall perform the following
2 duties:
3         (1) Examine the institution of slavery which existed
4     within the United States and the colonies that became the
5     United States from 1619 through 1865; the Commission's
6     examination shall include an examination of:
7             (A) the capture and procurement of Africans;
8             (B) the transport of Africans to the United States
9         and the colonies that became the United States for the
10         purpose of enslavement, including their treatment
11         during transport;
12             (C) the sale and acquisition of Africans as chattel
13         property in interstate and intrastate commerce; and
14             (D) the treatment of African slaves in the colonies
15         and the United States, including the deprivation of
16         their freedom, exploitation of their labor, and
17         destruction of their culture, language, religion, and
18         families;
19         (2) Examine the extent to which the Federal and State
20     governments of the United States supported the institution
21     of slavery in constitutional and statutory provisions,
22     including the extent to which such governments prevented,
23     opposed, or restricted efforts of freed African slaves to
24     repatriate to their homeland;
25         (3) Examine Federal and State laws that discriminated
26     against freed African slaves and their descendants during



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1     the period between the end of the Civil War and the
2     present;
3         (4) Examine other forms of discrimination in the public
4     and private sectors against freed African slaves and their
5     descendants during the period between the end of the Civil
6     War and the present;
7         (5) Examine the lingering negative effects of the
8     institution of slavery and the matters described in
9     paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) on living
10     African-Americans and on society in the United States;
11         (6) Recommend appropriate ways to educate the general
12     public of the Commission's findings;
13         (7) Examine whether African-Americans still suffer
14     from the lingering effects of the matters described in
15     paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4); and be it further
16     RESOLVED, That the members of the Commission shall include
17 the President of the Senate or his or her designee and the
18 Speaker of the House of Representatives or his or her designee,
19 each serving as co-chairpersons, the Governor or his or her
20 designee, one vice-chairperson appointed by each of the
21 co-chairpersons, and 25 appointed members, with the Governor,
22 the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
23 Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the
24 Minority Leader of the House of Representatives appointing 5
25 members each; and be it further



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1     RESOLVED, That the appointed members shall be from diverse
2 backgrounds so as to reflect the diverse citizenry of Illinois
3 working together, and that their individual qualifications
4 shall include varying educational, professional, and civic
5 experiences that bring different perspectives and cooperative
6 outlooks to the Commission; and be it further
7     RESOLVED, That the Commission shall broaden outreach by
8 using established channels, including publicly-supported media
9 and electronic, computer-assisted communication systems, and
10 elicit voluntary assistance from educational, legal, civic,
11 and professional organizations and institutions as well as
12 notable individuals; and be it further
13     RESOLVED, That no later than December 31, 2008, the
14 Commission shall report to the General Assembly, the Governor,
15 and the general public on its activities, accomplishments, and
16 recommendations; and that the Commission shall be dissolved
17 after the filing of this report; and be it further
18     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
19 delivered to the Governor of the State of Illinois.