Resurrecting Their Stories – Birmingham

On October 20 - 21, 2017, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project 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 of this event was upon the processes of memorialization and digitization of accounts of racial violence over the course of the 20th century. Granted the event's historic location in Birmingham, Alabama, the event also acknowledged the role of law enforcement in many acts of violence that occurred.

Panelists included Birmingham Chief of Police A. C. Roper, who issued a formal apology on behalf of Birmingham police department for its historic failure to protect African American citizens. Attendees also heard testimony from relatives of victims, including Pamela Pierce, niece of Woodrow Allen Bush. and Henry Gaskins, nephew of Timothy Hood.

In the below show-reel, visitors will find photographs from the day.


Susan Ashmore 

Professor of History 

Oxford College, Emory University 



Kiara Boone

Deputy Program Manager 

Equal Justice Initiative


Ellen Brooks

Former District Attorney

Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney


Margaret Burnham

Founder and Director

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project 


Montré Carodine

Professor of Law 

University of Alabama


Wayne Coleman

Head of Archives and Technology

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 


Scott Douglas

Executive Director 

Greater Birmingham Ministries  

Henry Gaskins

Nephew of  Timothy Hood



Sandra Gill

Professor of Sociology Emeritus

Gettysburg College  



Rhonda Jones

Lead Archivist 

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

Robin D. G. Kelly

Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History 



Scotty Kirkland

Historian and Writer 

Alabama Department of Archives and History 



Josephine Bolling McColl

Board President 

The Elmore Bolling Foundation  

Melissa Nobles

Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Pamela Pierce

Niece of  Woodrow Allen Bush 


RJ Ramey

Site Creator 

 MonroeWorkToday, Auut Studio

A. C. Roper

Chief of Police 

Birmingham Police Department


Margaret M. Russell 

Associate Professor of Law

Santa Clara School of Law 


Tonia Sutherland 

Assistant Professor 

School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Alabama

Andrea Taylor

President and CEO 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute  

Shelia Washington 


The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center 

Nan Woodruff

Professor of African American Studies 

Penn State University


Rose Zoltek-Jick

Associate Director 

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project