Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

From the Constitution, which initially counted enslaved people as three-fifths of a person, to Supreme Court rulings upholding segregation and Jim Crow, to redlining and mass incarceration, the legal system has played a central role in the oppression of Black people and other people of color, fueling ongoing racial inequality.

ACS is committed to the work of truth, racial healing, and transformation at all levels of the U.S. legal system so that all communities can thrive.

Through our diverse nationwide network, we support efforts to develop a full and accurate historical record of the laws and legal systems that have upheld racial inequality across our country, redress the ongoing impacts of unjust laws and practices, and reimagine a legal system grounded in racial equality and justice.

Statements and Publications

ACS Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission Tracking Project

As part of ACS’s Notice and Comment Project, we are tracking state and local Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation and Reparations commissions across the country. ACS volunteers help identify new commissions are they are announced and then track meetings and opportunities for the public to participate in the commission process. Public participation in these commissions is an important part of our democratic system and our goal is to expand access to this information and participation within the ACS network.