The War at Home | American Experience

In 2014, CRRJ law student Shaneka Davis investigated the long-forgotten case of Booker Spicely, a soldier killed by a bus driver in Durham, North Carolina in 1944 because he protested Jim Crow seating. …

CRRJ Archives Helps Bring Justice to Racially Motivated Crimes

“As you might imagine, such a larger project requires the work of many. I was hired as Project Archivist in February 2020 to help transition CRRJ’s case records from a collection of individual…

NU law students investigate, correct history

Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project, or CRRJ, is seeking to correct the false narrative surrounding the lynching of a Black man nearly 75 years ago through a documentary made in collaboration with the university’s School of Journalism.

CRRJ Remembers Shelia Washington

Shelia Washington, who passed away on January 29, 2021 at the age of 61, was a brilliant, tenacious, and pioneering leader of the movement for redress for Jim Crow crimes.  Born and raised…

Reform and Reimagine Birmingham Public Safety

In December 2020, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force released Reform and Reimagine Birmingham Public Safety.

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…

72 years before George Floyd, this police killing sparked national protests

How CRRJ revived the Royal Cyril Brooks case — and led to a city’s apology

Reparations ‘essential’ to addressing systemic racial injustice, speakers say

The legacy of the institution of slavery—and of racial injustice that continues to this day—amounts to more than just violence, said author Ta-Nehisi Coates during a daylong conference hosted by CRRJ and the Africana Studies…

Zitrin Foundation Creates Endowed Fund to Support Zitrin Fellowships for CRRJ and other Law School Programs

To combat racism and create meaningful reforms in the criminal legal system, the Zitrin Foundation of San Francisco is establishing a $2.5 million endowed fund at Northeastern University School of Law

ABC7: The lynching of Henry ‘Peg’ Gilbert

Researchers at CRRJ uncovered Gilbert’s story. As law students at the time, Tara Dunn and Ariel Kong proved that Gilbert was lynched, and that the legal records lacked evidence for any wrongdoing on his part. Their work led to an official apology from the current sheriff of Harris County, Georgia.

Exploring Restorative Justice in Jim-Crow-Era Police Killings

Between 1930 and 1970, at least 144 African Americans were killed by police officers in Jefferson County, AL; 129 of those incidents occurred in Birmingham alone.

The untold stories of 123 Black people killed by white police officers in one AL county

The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are recent examples of a tragic narrative that is sewn deep into…

Unearthing the stories of yesterday’s George Floyds

For a decade, Melissa Nobles and Margaret Burnham have been unearthing records that tell the stories of yesterday’s George Floyds.

“Murder in Mobile” honored with a regional Emmy Award for best documentary

Murder in Mobile has earned a Boston/New England Regional Emmy® Award in the documentary category

City of Gretna takes step to right a fatal mistake with historic marker in honor of Royal Brooks

More than 70 years after he was murdered in cold blood by a city of Gretna police officer, Royal Brooks and his family…

Story of Pensacola’s first Black hospital chronicled in original opera

Over two days, the institute hosted a panel featuring Judge Margaret Burnham, focusing on the legal, cultural and social importance of Edwards’ hospital, followed by a “song cycle” featuring performances…

Royal Brooks on WUPL54

WWLTV covers CRRJ’s unveiling of a historical marker for the killing of Royal Brooks in the city of Gretna

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