A Lincoln civil rights activist tells Nebraska lawmakers that apologizing for slavery could “clear the air” and pave the way for healing.
Lela Shanks spoke in support of a resolution to express “profound regret” and sympathies to those who were enslaved and their descendants. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday and will decide whether to advance the resolution to the full Legislature.
Lawmakers in New Jersey, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have issued apologies for slavery. Nebraska would be the first Midwest state to formally apologize.