Historical posthumous pardon hearing to be held in case of Joe James

In April 2023, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board will review a petition for posthumous clemency filed by attorneys with the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and Northwestern School of Law’s Center…

SULC Burnham Honors Cohort begin their investigations

On Feb. 17, the 2023 Burnham Honors Cohort met virtually to begin a five-year project, investigating cases of Jim Crow-era violence in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.   “The Burnham Honors Cohort will be undertaking crucial…

CRRJ attorneys share restorative justice frameworks at Mills College reparations event

Katie Sandson, program director of Racial Redress and Reparations Lab at CRRJ and Malcolm Clarke, CRRJ’s Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow, participated in a virtual discussion, organized by The Black Reparations Project, an academic initiative at Mills College at Northeastern University, Feb. 23 and 24. They spoke on the issues of restorative justice, transitional justice and reparations.

Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive featured in winter edition of Northeastern Law

CRRJ’s Burnham-Nobles digital Archive is featured in Northeastern Law’s Winter 2023 edition.

CRRJ Director Announced as L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist

The Los Angeles Times has announced Professor Margaret Burnham, CRRJ founder and director, and her latest book By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners, as a finalist in their 43rd annual Book…

CRRJ facilitates community conversation after killing of Tyre Nichols

On Feb. 2, CRRJ and colleagues at the Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) organized a community conversation on continuing police violence in Black communities. This followed last month’s brutal killing of…

NCCU scholarship fund honors case originally investigated by CRRJ

In 2014, CRRJ brought wide public attention to the case of Booker T. Spicely, a soldier killed by a bus driver in Durham, North Carolina. Recent developments in the case signify the importance of the research CRRJ conducted nine years ago.

Northeastern Law Center for Law, Equity and Race program co-ordinator, honored at MLK statue unveiling

Charlotte Matthews-Nelson, program co-ordinator for the Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR), was honored at the unveiling of the new statue of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, on Boston Common last week.

Albert King case featured in article about killing of Black WWII soldiers in 1945

An article published by The Washington Post, Jan. 15, highlights CRRJ’s efforts to reverse findings about the death of Pvt. Albert H. King’s in 1941.

Army Corrects the Record About a Black Soldier Killed by a White Sergeant in 1941

An article in today’s New York Times features a case that CRRJ uncovered. The case involved the killing of a soldier in Georgia in 1941.  Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick worked with the family, and…

Reparations: The Constitutional Law Landscape

CRRJ hosted a virtual panel, Reparations: The Constitutional Law Landscape, organized by the Racial Redress and Reparations Lab at CRRJ, in partnership with the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University, and the Black Reparations Project at Mills College Northeastern.

Journalists at the Frontlines

Erika Howard: FRONTLINE’s Un(re)solved multimedia project. 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…

The Denna & Estella Strickland Story: Lost, But Not Forgotten

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, CRRJ joined the family and descendants of Denna and Estella Strickland to honor their lives and legacy. On October 17, 1932, 52-year-old Denna Strickland and her daughter, 25-year-old…

1,000 Racial Homicides Investigated in Unprecedented Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive

09.27.22 — Today, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law released the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, one of the most comprehensive digital archives of racial homicides collected to date.…

How the Jim Crow South Encouraged Racial Policing by Those with ‘No Legal Authority’

Professor Margaret Burnham talks to News@Northeastern about her new book, “By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners,” and her hope that it will “make visible this living history for the communities that…

Northeastern Journalists Receive New England Edward R. Murrow Award

“Zach Ben-Amots came to Northeastern’s journalism graduate program because he wanted to tell stories that would make a difference, stories that would reach and touch people. He had his sights set on working…

Professor Margaret Burnham Named Finalist for Prestigious Kirkus Prize

Professor Margaret Burnham’s new book, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners, has been named a finalist in the nonfiction category for the 2022 Kirkus Prize, one of the world’s richest literary awards!

Algiers remembers Edwin Williams, Sr.

On April 27, 1943, Edwin Clifford Williams, Sr. was killed when he dared to defend his family from an assault perpetrated by three white U.S. Navy Sailors in Algiers, Louisiana. Despite the brave…

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