Image above: Plaintiffs Thelma Collins (left), Thomas Moore (right), Margaret Burnham (center), June 2010. In 2010, Margaret Burnham and a team of CRRJ students represented the families of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee in a federal lawsuit in Mississippi. Moore and Dee were murdered by Klansmen in 1964. Franklin County was the named defendant in the lawsuit.
CRRJ's year-end reports summarize our activities and case docket.
The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law brings together lawmakers, lawyers, activists, researchers, journalists and the families of victims of racial homicides to study and redress the systemic failures of the mid-twentieth century criminal justice system. We engage in a form of legal archeology: recovering documents lost to history, examining the fault lines of each case, and conceptualizing continuities over time. Our students interview witnesses and family members, document their memories, and share official accounts of the events. We design remedial projects – including legal measures – that respond to the interests and aspirations of communities.
CRRJ maintains the most comprehensive archive on racial homicides in the country, comprising records of federal, state and local law enforcement, civil rights groups, and state and federal courts, images and recorded histories. Each year we partner with archival and media experts to preserve our growing collection and render it accessible to researchers and the general public.
In 2021, CRRJ expanded its case investigations and prepared for the release of the Burnham-Nobles Archive in 2022.
CRRJ researched over 270 cases of historical racial violence in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. We led a clinic at Northeastern University School of Law and provided experiential learning opportunities and internships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from across the country. We also expanded our restorative justice initiatives and provided support for reparative policies through the Racial Redress and Reparations Lab. The Lab’s efforts this year culminated in a national conference that brought together policymakers, scholars, and advocates to discuss policy approaches to redressing historical racial injustices. We have continued to build relation- ships with scholars and activists who are shaping the national conversation on racial harms and redress by hosting a workshop series and launching a Community Leadership Fellowship.