Association of Black Seminarians Demands Reparations
A group of students at the Princeton Theological Seminary is demanding that the institution pay reparations in response to a report it published last year, which details its historical connections to slavery.
The seminary’s Association of Black Seminarians (ABS) has released a petition calling for the institution to annually set aside 15 percent of the portion of its endowment used on operating expenses to fund tuition grants for black students. This proportion would amount to $5.3 million a year, based on an estimate derived from the seminary’s expenses in the 2017–2018 school year. The petition also asks for the establishment of a Black Church Studies program.
As of April 2, the petition has garnered 572 signatures.