Lynching: Reparations as Restorative Justice (Virtual Conference)

On November 17, 2020, CRRJ brought descendant families together with leaders of US reparations movements, racial justice activists, and scholars to discuss compensatory reparations…

Remembrance and Repair Conference (Birmingham, AL)

On March 10-11, 2020, CRRJ hosted the convening “Remembrance and Repair: Police Violence in the Jim Crow Era” at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. CRRJ had earlier convened a gathering back in 2017…

75th anniversary of the 1944 expulsion (New Iberia, LA)

On November 15, 2019, New Iberia, Louisiana commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the 1944 expulsion of eight community leaders from the city. The group, which included four medical doctors, two teachers, and two insurance…

Royal Cyril Brooks – Historical Marker Unveiling (Gretna, LA)

On November 9, 2019, the family and descendants of Royal Cyril Brooks, in partnership with CRRJ, unveiled an historical marker in his honor.

Elaine Truth-Seeking Commission (Elaine, AR)

On February 5, 2019, Professor Burnham served as a commissioner at the Elaine Massacre of 1919 Remembrance event at the Elaine Legacy Center in Arkansas.

A Tribute to the Dream (Boston, MA)

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun hosted A Tribute to the Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured…

Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act

On January 8, 2019, President Trump signed the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018. This marks the first occasion that a group of high school students have successfully engineered a bill…

Commemoration for Charles “Allie” Thompson (Culpeper, VA)

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Culpeper, Virginia, the lives of three men—Charles “Allie” Thompson (d. 1918), William Grayson (d. 1850), and William Thompson (d. 1877)—were remembered.

Commemorating Elwood Higginbottom (Oxford, MS)

On October 27, 2018, CRRJ Visiting Scholar Diane Harriford and Kyleen Burke (NUSL ’18) participated in a commemoration honoring Elwood Higginbottom in Oxford, Mississippi.

Past Harms, Present Remedies — National CRRJ Conference (New Orleans)

On October 20, 2018 CRRJ sponsored the conference Past Harms, Present Remedies: Law Enforcement and…

Remembering the 1940s in Mobile, AL

Henry Williams, Johnny Williams, Ennis Bell, Theodore Wesley Samuels, Prentiss McCann, and Rayfield Davis all died at the height of the segregation era in Mobile. Decades after these 1940s murders, CRRJ investigated these…

Commemoration of Royal Cyril Brooks (Gretna, LA)

On April 28, 2018, CRRJ and the Kimbrough Scholars from Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School joined the family of Royal Brooks at the mount pilgrim baptist church to honor the life and…

Commemoration for Samuel Mason Bacon (Natchez, MS)

On March 17, 2018, CRRJ director Margaret Burnham, Restorative Justice Project Director Kaylie Simon, Esq. and Mary Nguyen, Esq. (’14) joined the family of Samuel Bacon at the Natchez…

Commemoration for Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert (West Point, GA)

Honoring their lives and restoring justice On March 10, 2018, CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham and Tara Dunn, Esq. (’17) joined the family of Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert for an event…

Resurrecting Their Stories (Selma, AL)

On March 3, 2018, CRRJ hosted its third event in the three-part symposium “Resurrecting Their Stories” in Selma, Alabama. Held at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation, CRRJ co-hosted alongside The Elmore Bolling…

“The Story of Thomas Mattox” at Philadelphia History Museum

On February 10, 2018, CRRJ hosted “The Story of Thomas Mattox” at the Philadelphia History Museum. Organized by CRRJ Project Director for Restorative Justice, Kaylie Simon, the event…

Digital Red Records

On January 26, 2018, CRRJ hosted “Digital Red Records”, a workshop on digital collections covering historical racial violence in the united states. Held at Northeastern University School of Law, the workshop brought together…

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…

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