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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]