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Congress passes resolution apologizing for slavery

The United States congress passed a resolution by voice vote Tuesday apologizing for slavery and segregation.

Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis introduced the resolution back in February of 2007.

Cohen's non-binding resolution says an apology can't erase centuries of brutal treatment toward African Americans, but the congressman says he believes it can speed racial healing, helping Americans confront the ghosts of their past.

In a stament, Cohen said: "This is a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country, and I hope that this legislation can serve to open the dialogue on race and equality for all.  Apologies are not empty gestures, but are a necessary first step towards any sort of reconciliation between people."

Cohen's resolution marks the first time a branch of the federal government has apologized for slavery.

In April, the United States Senate apologized to Native Americans for decades of injustice.

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