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…

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…

Racial Redress and Reparations Conference – 2021

On December 1, 2021, CRRJ and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University convened a conference on policy approaches to redressing historical racial harms. Recent years have seen heightened…

Workshop Series: Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission

On March 17, 2021, CRRJ hosted a workshop series event with Maya Davis about the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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…

Police Killings in Jefferson County, Alabama: 1930-1970 (2020 Report)

CRRJ has compiled this report of findings from its investigations of historical killings perpetrated by law enforcement in Birmingham and Jefferson County. The 127 cases in Jefferson County reveal patterns about the nature of police violence during this period.

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.

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…

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