Resurrecting Their Stories (Birmingham, AL)

On October 20-21, 2017, CRRJ hosted its second event in the three-part symposium “Resurrecting Their Stories” in Birmingham, Alabama.

CRRJ co-hosted alongside The Elmore Bolling Foundation and the Alabama Chapter of the NAACP. The focus of this event was upon the processes of memorialization and digitization of accounts of racial violence over the course of the 20th century.

Granted the event’s historic location in Birmingham, Alabama, the event also acknowledged the role of law enforcement in many acts of violence that occurred.

Panelists included Birmingham Chief of Police A. C. Roper, who issued a formal apology on behalf of Birmingham police department for its historic failure to protect African American citizens. Attendees also heard testimony from relatives of victims, including Pamela Pierce, niece of Woodrow Allen Bush. and Henry Gaskins, nephew of Timothy Hood.

a poster announcement for a conference held in Oct. 20, 2017


October 20-21, 2017


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


  • Margaret Burnham, CRRJ
  • Susan Ashmore, Emory University
  • Kiara Boone, EJI
  • A.C. Roper, Birmingham Chief of Police
  • Ellen Brooks, Montgomery Co. Office of the District Attorney
  • Montré Carodine, University of Alabama
  • Andrea Taylor, BCRI
  • Wayne Coleman, BCRI
  • Scott Douglas, Greater Birmingham Ministries
  • Sandra Gill, Gettysburg College
  • Rhonda Jones, CRRJ
    Nan Woodruff, Penn State University
  • Rose Zoltek-Jick, CRRJ
  • Robin D.G. Kelly, UCLA
  • Scotty Kirkland, Alabama Department of Archives and History
  • Shelia Washington, The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center
  • Josephine Bolling McColl, The Elmore Bolling Foundation
  • Melissa Nobles, MIT
  • Tonia Sutherland, University of Alabama
  • RJ Ramey, Monroe Work Today/auut studio
  • Margaret M. Russell, Santa Clara School of Law
  • Henry Gaskins
  • Pamela Pierce


Photo 1: Henry Gaskins shares his family account of Timothy Hood

Photo 2: Pamela Pierce tells her family story, including that of Woodrow Allen Bush

Photo 3: A.C. Roper, Chief of Police, issues a formal apology on behalf of Birmingham Police Dept.

Photo 4: Members of the Elmore Bolling Foundation: Carroll Hughes, Josephine Bolling McColl, Vickie Rothbaum

Photo 5: Many of the panelists gather at the end of the conference

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