Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive presented to Black journalists at annual conference in Tulsa, OK

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held their annual Region III conference in Tulsa, OK, April 12-13. Gina Nortonsmith, Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive’s project archivist, and Catherine McGloin, CRRJ’s Communication’s Specialist, presented the…

Pvt. Albert King receives full military service, 83 years after his murder

More than eight decades after he was shot and killed by a white military police officer outside Fort Benning, Georgia, Private Albert King was honored in a full military service, March 24, 2024.…

CRRJ Director Gives Talk at SXSW 2024

In Austin, at SXSW this March, Margaret Burnham joined with the Mississippi journalist Jerry Mitchell and Attorney Jill Collen Jefferson, the director of the Mississippi civil rights group, Julian, to discuss challenges facing…

Della McDuffie

Della McDuffie, 67, was a housewife and café owner, who was killed by police in Wilcox County, Alabama, in 1953. Wheelchair-bound and unable to flee, officers beat her to death.

Charlotte Mathews-Nelson, CRRJ colleague and lifelong NAACP activist, featured in Boston Globe profile for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, The Boston Globe published a series of profiles on the living civil rights leaders named on the 1965 Freedom Plaza surrounding the Embrace sculpture on Boston Common. One…

CRRJ Celebrates Black History Month by Centering Black Resistance

To mark Black History Month, CRRJ invited Professor Kellie Carter Jackson to present her new book, “We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance,” due to be published in June 2024.

How to memorialize lynching victims: Daughter shares family history with Washington Post, as CRRJ supports her pursuit for restorative justice

On May 8, 1954, Russell Charley’s three eldest sons — John, 16, Russell, 14, and Willie Lee, 12 — found their father’s castrated body hanging from a tree not far from their family…

CRRJ to aid City of Boston Reparations Task Force, researching Boston’s legacy of slavery

It was announced on January 24, 2024, that the City of Boston’s Task Force on Reparations has selected a Northeastern University School of Law team, led by CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham, to research…

Former CRRJ Archivist published by New England Archivist, on building Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive

Earlier this January, former CRRJ archivist Gina Nortonsmith wrote an article that was published by New England Archivist (NEA), which details her work on the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, including the processes used and…

University of Kentucky completes first CRRJ Clinic, based on Northeastern model 

As the inaugural Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law (UK Law) celebrated its conclusion December 5 — following months of preparation and support from CRRJ attorneys and historians — staff and faculty now turn their attention to securing the program’s future in 2024.

CRRJ colleague, Charlotte Mathews-Nelson honored during Martin Luther King Day Celebration

In honor of this year’s Martin Luther King Day, Northeastern University hosted the annual “A Tribute to the Dream” event on Thursday, January 11, 2024, in which CRRJ’s esteemed colleague and program coordinator…

Historical Marker unveiled commemorating 1944 CRRJ case, first in NC. to use “Jim Crow”

On December 1, 2023, a North Carolina State Highway Historical Marker was unveiled in honor of Pfc. Booker T. Spicely, the first such marker in North Carolina that makes mention of the term…

CRRJ Affiliate Angel Nieves dies Dec. 5, 2023

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project shares the sad news that Northeastern Professor Ángel David Nieves, a faculty affiliate of CRRJ, passed away December 5, 2023. Professor Nieves is perhaps best known…

Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive releases interactive map of Jim Crow era violence

In November 2023, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s archival team released a new map feature in the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive. Months in the making by CRRJ’s dedicated archivists, historians, designers and…

University of Buffalo publishes profile on Burnham-Nobles archivist, Gina Nortonsmith

The Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, a record collection and database documenting racially motivated violence targeting African Americans in the Jim Crow South, was recently established, thanks in part to GSE alumna Gina Nortonsmith’s expertise, guidance and leadership.

CLEAR responds to guilty plea in Tyre Nichols case

Dr. Deborah A. Jackson, Managing Director of the Center for Law, Equity and Race at Northeastern University School of Law, responds to guilty plea by ex-Memphis police officer, Desmond Mills Jr. in the case of Tyre Nichols, fatally injured by officers on January 7, 2023.

By Hands Now Known wins The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

CRRJ Director Professor Margaret Burnham has won The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, for her latest book, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners. She received the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. hosted by the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Foundation, on October 26, 2023.

CRRJ Director on reckoning with ‘Lynch Law’ and rape charges

Professor Margaret Burnham has written an article for Arizona State University’s Zocalo Public Square, published October 25, 2023.

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