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 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…

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.

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…

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.

CRRJ Attorney Presents at Southern Clinical Conference 2023

On October 21, CRRJ attorney and Zitrin Fellow, Olivia Strange presented at this year’s Southern Clinical Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, the conference ran October 20-22…

1944 CRRJ case to be taught in N. Carolina public schools

The case of Pvt. Booker T. Spicely, murdered on July 8, 1944, after refusing to give up his seat on a bus in Durham, North Carolina, is to be taught to students K…

Professor Burnham gives book talk at the University of Kentucky

CRRJ Director gave a talk to students and faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences on September 26, 2023. She read from her book “By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners.”

Hollis Watkins, Activist and Advisor, Honored by CRRJ

Hollis Watkins, CRRJ advisor, voting rights activist and key figure in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, passed away on September 20, 2023, aged 82.

CLEAR Faculty Fellow nominated for 2023 British Academy Book Prize

Kris Manjapra, one of four Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) Faculty Fellows, has been shortlisted for the 2023 British Academy Book Award for his latest title, Black Ghost of Empire: The Long…

Center for Law, Equity and Race welcomes 2023-2024 Faculty Fellows

The Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR), welcomes four new Faculty Fellows. Zinaida Miller, Caleb Gayle, Adam Omar Hosein and Kris Manjapra will participate in the 2023-2024 fellowship. Gayle, Hosein and Manjapra will complete projects that will directly help to inform CRRJ’s reparative justice programs.

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