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Posted on: April 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] African Heritage Reparation Assembly Seeks Community Feedback


Do you want to see racial equity for Black residents in Amherst? The African Heritage Reparation Assembly (AHRA) needs your help!

The Town of Amherst's African Heritage Reparation Assembly (AHRA) and the UMass Amherst Donahue Institute would like to explore Amherst residents' attitudes about race and reparations. Complete their brief, voluntary survey to let them know your thoughts. Your response will be kept confidential. The survey should take less than 10 minutes.

Message from the AHRA

The Town of Amherst's African Heritage Reparations Assembly’s (AHRA) mission is to study and develop reparation proposals for people of African Heritage in Amherst to further the goals of the 2020 resolution “Affirming the Town of Amherst’s Commitment to End Structural Racism and Achieve Racial Equity for Black Residents.” You can read the AHRA Committee Charge here. Since passing the resolution, the Town of Amherst has committed $2 million over 10 years to support reparations. By June 30, 2023 the AHRA is required to report to the Town with recommendations on how to implement a municipal reparations plan for Amherst. 

We designed this survey with the intention of identifying resident attitudes about implementing reparations. The survey is seeking responses from all residents of Amherst, regardless of their identity, to understand how they would like to see reparations in Amherst carried out. This survey is the first to explore Amherst residents' attitudes about race and reparations. 

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Individual responses will be kept confidential. You are free to skip any question(s) you do not want to answer. If you have any questions about the survey, including the need for translation or a paper copy, please contact Michele Miller at or (413) 259-3001. If you are having trouble accessing the survey please contact Kerry Spitzer at the UMass Donahue Institute at or 413-545-1568. 

Thank you for your help! 


Heather Lord
Yvonne Mendez
Michele Miller
Alexis Reed
Irvin Rhodes
Amilcar Shabazz
Debora Bridges 

AHRA Survey

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