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, […]

Resurrecting Their Stories – Selma

On March 3, 2018, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project 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 Foundation and the Alabama Chapter of the NAACP. The focus of this event was […]

The Story of Thomas Mattox

On February 10, 2018, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project of Northeastern University School of Law hosted “The Story of Thomas Mattox” at Philadelphia History Museum Organized by CRRJ Project Director for Restorative Justice, Kaylie Simon, the event commemorated Thomas Mattox, a 16 year old who in July 1942 fled to Philadelphia from Elbert […]

Digital Red Records

On January 26, 2018, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project hosted “Digital Red Records”, a workshop on digital collections covering historical racial violence in the United States.  Held at Northeastern University School of Law, the workshop brought together four initiatives, the CRRJ Burnham-Nobles Archive, Mapping Violence, The Racial Violence Archive and the Bailey-Washington-Beck Database, […]