Cook Center news announcing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant

November 10, 2023

The Cook Center recently received a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Center’s research into how Black reparations will affect the wellbeing of children.

The new project, in addition to comprehensively analyzing the causes of modern-day inequities that Black families with children face, will evaluate the effects of local reparations initiatives in the U.S. to determine the best strategies for achieving equity-building goals, particularly with regards to promoting intergenerational healing.

Dr. William A. Darity Jr., the Founding Director of the Cook Center, will be co-director for the project along with Faculty Affiliate Jorge Zumaeta. “We at the Cook Center are thrilled that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has elected to support this project, which will further develop the scholarship and public understanding around the effects of reparative payments,” Darity said. “We are optimistic that this undertaking will help advance the country on its journey towards Black reparations.”