On November 14, 2022, CRRJ hosted the event, Reckoning with Historical Injustice: Journalists at the Frontlines, featuring Erika Howard, Director of Impact Strategy and External Relations at FRONTLINE and Jerry Mitchell, investigative journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur Fellow and founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. CRRJ’s Director Margaret Burnham facilitated a conversation with Howard and Mitchell about their initiatives to bring to light cases of historical racial violence in the United States.
Jerry Mitchell discussed his work to reopen cold case murders from the mid-twentieth century. His book, A Race Against Time, documents how his efforts led to the prosecution of Klansmen involved in several civil rights-era killings, including Medgar Evers, the three Mississippi civil rights workers in Neshoba, and Vernon Dahmer. Erika Howard described FRONTLINE’s efforts to engage new audiences with the immersive, multimedia project, Un(re)solved, which shares the lives and histories of 151 victims of unsolved civil rights-era murder cases. An advisor to the project, CRRJ hosted the Un(re)solved art installation on Northeastern’s campus. Following the event, Howard provided a tour of the exhibition.
The event was co-sponsored by FRONTLINE and Northeastern University’s Center for Law, Equity and Race and School of Journalism.
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