House Measure Apologizes for US Slavery
Resolution marks first official expression of regret for divisive past
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2008 6:15 PM CDT
Today's resolution apologizing for slavery "represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The House has apologized to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. Today's resolution marks the first time Congress has ever formally apologized for America's past history of enslaving and discriminating against blacks.

"Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.