Remembering those lynched in Lafayette County, Mississippi, 1885-1935

On April 2, 2022, CRRJ affiliate Professor Diane Harriford of Vassar College and former CRRJ clinic student Kyleen Burke attended an event in Oxford, Mississippi honoring the lives of seven African-American men who…

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…

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.

Remembrance and Repair Conference (Birmingham, AL)

On March 10-11, 2020, CRRJ hosted the convening “Remembrance and Repair: Police Violence in the Jim Crow Era” at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. CRRJ had earlier convened a gathering back in 2017…

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.

Commemoration for Charles “Allie” Thompson (Culpeper, VA)

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Culpeper, Virginia, the lives of three men—Charles “Allie” Thompson (d. 1918), William Grayson (d. 1850), and William Thompson (d. 1877)—were remembered.

Commemorating Elwood Higginbottom (Oxford, MS)

On October 27, 2018, CRRJ Visiting Scholar Diane Harriford and Kyleen Burke (NUSL ’18) participated in a commemoration honoring Elwood Higginbottom in Oxford, Mississippi.

Remembering the 1940s in Mobile, AL

Henry Williams, Johnny Williams, Ennis Bell, Theodore Wesley Samuels, Prentiss McCann, and Rayfield Davis all died at the height of the segregation era in Mobile. Decades after these 1940s murders, CRRJ investigated these…

Commemoration of Royal Cyril Brooks (Gretna, LA)

On April 28, 2018, CRRJ and the Kimbrough Scholars from Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School joined the family of Royal Brooks at the mount pilgrim baptist church to honor the life and…

Commemoration for Samuel Mason Bacon (Natchez, MS)

On March 17, 2018, CRRJ director Margaret Burnham, Restorative Justice Project Director Kaylie Simon, Esq. and Mary Nguyen, Esq. (’14) joined the family of Samuel Bacon at the Natchez…

Commemoration for Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert (West Point, GA)

Honoring their lives and restoring justice On March 10, 2018, CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham and Tara Dunn, Esq. (’17) joined the family of Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert for an event…

Resurrecting Their Stories (Selma, AL)

On March 3, 2018, CRRJ hosted its third event in the three-part symposium “Resurrecting Their Stories” in Selma, Alabama. Held at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation, CRRJ co-hosted alongside The Elmore Bolling…

“The Story of Thomas Mattox” at Philadelphia History Museum

On February 10, 2018, CRRJ hosted “The Story of Thomas Mattox” at the Philadelphia History Museum. Organized by CRRJ Project Director for Restorative Justice, Kaylie Simon, the event…

Resurrecting Their Stories (Birmingham, AL)

On October 20-21, 2017, CRRJ hosted its second event in the three-part symposium “Resurrecting Their Stories” in Birmingham, Alabama. CRRJ co-hosted alongside The Elmore Bolling Foundation and the Alabama Chapter of the NAACP. The focus…

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