A special committee of the Missouri House met yesterday in the historic Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis to hear testimony on a resolution which would have the State of Missouri officially apologize for allowing the enslavement of blacks for over a century.

The resolution (H.C.R. 26) is sponsored by State Rep. T.D. El-Amin.

“I think what’s bigger than an apology is the opportunity to open a dialogue about the disparities that exist,” El-Amin told PubDef.net. “There’s a direct connection between those disparities and slavery.”