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 on the process of gathering oral history accounts of racial violence and distilling them into high school curricula, to ensure that younger generations can contextualize injustices that remain pervasive today and that these stories are never forgotten.

Central to the event were two groundbreaking high school initiatives. Stuart Wexler, of Hightstown High School, NJ, has directed three dozen students to draft the Civil Rights Cold Case Record Collections Act of 2017 , to date pending in Congress (HR 1272). Kathleen FitzGerald, of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, MA, leads the Kimbrough Scholars Program , which performs investigative fieldwork in partnership with CRRJ.

Josephine Bolling McColl of The Elmore Bolling Foundation presented on efforts to preserve the historic Lowndesboro School building, which has remained standing since 1883. Attendees also heard testimony from the family of Della McDuffie , whose story previously featured in CRRJ's award winning film The Trouble I've Seen, and relatives of Timothy Hood and Rayfield Davis. 

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



Felicia Bell 


Rosa Parks Museum 



LaTosha Brown


Black Voters Matter Fund  

Margaret Burnham

Founder and Director

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project 

Kathleen FitzGerald

Civics Teacher 

Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School 

Henry Gaskins

Nephew of Timothy Hood 



Carroll Hughes 

Board Member

The Elmore Bolling Foundation


Ainka Jackson

Executive Director 

Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation 


Rhonda Jones

Lead Archivist 

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

Melvin J. Kelly, IV

Elizabeth Ann Zitrin Teaching Fellow

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project


Josephine Bolling McColl

Board President 

The Elmore Bolling Foundation  


Kester Messan-Hilla

Former Kimbrough Scholar 

Williams College 


Tchernavia Moffet

Relative of Rayfield Davis 

Melissa Nobles

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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Victoria Rothbaum

Board Chair 

The Elmore Bolling Foundation


Margaret M. Russell 

Associate Professor of Law

Santa Clara School of Law 


Hank Sanders 


Alabama State Senate 

Kaylie Simon

Project Director, Restorative Justice  

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

Prarthana Singh


Hightstown High School

Anna Trancozo


Hightstown High School

Nichole Ulmer

Relative of Rayfield Davis 



Stuart Wexler 

Teacher in Social Studies 

Hightstown High School


Tara White

History Instructor/Arts and Humanities Department Chair 

Wallace Community College, Selma


Ed Whitfield 

Co-Managing Director 

Fund for Democratic Communities 


Rose Zoltek-Jick

Associate Director 

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project