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…

Northeastern’s Racial Redress and Reparations Lab is Creating a Tool for Lawmakers to Pursue Racial Redress

In June 2022, the California Reparations Task Force released a report outlining the historic and ongoing harms perpetuated against Black people in the U.S. and making preliminary recommendations on the forms reparations and redress…

A Long Georgia Night: The life and legacy of Mattie Green

In the early morning of May 19, 1960, a bomb exploded underneath the home of Jethro and Mattie Green in Ringgold, Georgia. Mattie Green, a 32-year-old mother of six, died in the bombing. …

Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder, Has Anything Changed in Policing?

On the 2 year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, News@Northeastern explored what progress has been made in the areas of police reform and reparations. The article, “Two Years After George Floyd’s…

Buffalo: In Tribute and Solidarity

We mourn with Buffalo communities and share their grief. We stand in support and solidarity. We struggle against the racial violence that touches every facet of our country’s experience. On Thursday, May 19,…

In Memory of Tara Woods Turner

We are sad to announce the passing of Tara Woods Turner, a friend of CRRJ and a descendant of Neal Wood, who was married to Laura Wood, a victim of lynching in 1930…

Senate confirmed CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham’s nomination to the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board

The US Senate confirmed Margaret Burnham, founder and director of CRRJ, as a member of the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board on February 17, 2022. Burnham was confirmed to the board…

Reparations Legislation is Stalled in Congress. Can Local Governments Fill the Gap?

CRRJ’s Racial Redress and Reparations Lab Program Director Katie Sandson is featured in News@Northeastern’s article “Reparations Legislation is Stalled in Congress. Can Local Governments Fill the Gap?” Sandson highlights the work of the…

Margaret Burnham Appears before Senate Committee on her Nomination to the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board

On January 14, 2022, Margaret Burnham, director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to be confirmed as a member…

A petition to rename Fort Benning after Private Felix Hall, the only known lynching victim on an Army base

Together with a group of veterans at Morgan Lewis acting as pro bono counsel, CRRJ recently filed a petition with The Naming Commission of the Department of Defense to rename Fort Benning after…

Jefferson County Memorial Project and DA’s Office Awarded DOJ Grant

In the fall of 2021, CRRJ launched a partnership with the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP). Five undergraduate and graduate students in the Birmingham area worked with CRRJ to investigate police killings and…

CRRJ Fall 2021 Students

Julie Aaron Julie is a 2L at Northeastern University School of Law. As a CRRJ research assistant, Julie is providing research and administrative support for an upcoming conference on policy approaches to remediating…

Boston City Council Hosts Hearing on Reparations

On October 26, 2021 the Boston City Council Committee on Civil Rights hosted a hearing on “reparations and their impact on the civil rights of Black Bostonians.” The hearing was sponsored by Councilor…

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