75th Anniversary of the 1944 Expulsion

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 agents, had in June 1944 launched a new NAACP chapter.  Their first case came when a community member complained that he had […]

CRRJ Participates in U.S. Local Racial Redress Conference at Columbia University

On October 25-26, 2019,CRRJ Associate Director Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick and Program Coordinator Lauren Hawkes attended a U.S. Local Racial Redress convening hosted by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York City.  Participants included descendants of those killed by racially motivated violence, representatives from communities affected by historical racial […]

In Conversation with Katherine Franke

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Katherine Franke, a NUSL alumna and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, participated in NUSL’s Faculty Book Forum Series. She discussed her recently published book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition, with Professor Margaret Burnham. The book explores the case for reparations, focusing on the […]

Upcoming Events

CRRJ Workshop Series – Spring 2019 Venue: 360 Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law Wednesdays: March 27, May 1, June 26, and July 24, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Bringing together researchers, students, and invited guests in the fields of civil rights and historical injustices, the workshop series is designed to discuss new research projects […]

Elaine Truth-Seeking Commission

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. Professor Burnham joined victims’ descendants, community residents, and conferees from across the country. The event opened a space for family members to share what happened to their ancestors during the […]

Charles “Allie” Thompson Commemoration

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. The men were all lynched in Culpeper County. The Remembrance and Reflection event at the Culpeper Baptist Church marked the centennial of Allie Thompson’s lynching.  The […]

A Tribute to the Dream

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun hosted A Tribute to the Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event featured the premiere of a documentary on a CRRJ case, produced by Northeastern filmmakers Adam Fischer and Benjamin Bertsch, titled A Murder in […]

CRRJ attends Stellenbosch Conference in South Africa

In December 2018, CRRJ participated in the five-day international conference Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. “The conference aims to deepen understanding of the transgenerational repercussions of traumatic pasts in a range of cultural contexts, to explore how different disciplines represent this transgenerational phenomenon, and […]

Commemorating Elwood Higginbottom

On October 27, 2018, CRRJ Visiting Scholar Diane Harriford and Kyleen Burke (NUSL ’18) participated in a commemoration honoring Elwood Higginbottom in Oxford, Mississippi. Elwood Higginbottom was the seventh and last known lynching victim in Lafayette County, Mississippi.  Held at the Second Baptist Church, the audience included the Higginbottom family, Lafayette County public officials and community members, and […]

National CRRJ Conference in New Orleans- Past Harms, Present Remedies

On October 20, 2018 CRRJ sponsored the conference Past Harms, Present Remedies: Law Enforcement and Families Affected by Police Violence in Conversation at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Designed to consider how to include historical justice in conversations about current policing, the conference was the first of its kind in the country. The […]

Royal Cyril Brooks

On April 28, 2018, Restorative Justice Project Director Kaylie Simon, Esq. 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 legacy of Royal Brooks.  Brooks was shot by Patrolman Alvin Bladsacker after being removed from a […]

Samuel Mason Bacon

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 Museum of African American History and Culture to honor the life and legacy of Samuel Bacon.  Samuel Bacon was born in Natchez, Mississippi and worked most […]

Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert

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 reflecting on their lives and recalling the police murder of Henry Gilbert in 1947. The event was held in West Point, Georgia, near the former Gilbert home.Henry “Peg” Gilbert, […]