Upcoming Events

Police Accountability: A Discussion with Deborah Ramirez
One of the central concerns about how to produce more equitable and just outcomes has been how to make the police accountable for their misconduct. On Wednesday, October 20, Professor Deborah Ramirez will join the Harvard Kennedy School's Reimagining Community Safety Speaker Series to discuss her four-part solution, which includes restricting police union’s collective bargaining and narrowing qualified immunity by using professional liability insurance, efforts that should save lives by detecting, preventing, and deterring police misconduct.
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Recent Events

Confronting Racial Injustice
Massachusetts is often heralded as the home of the abolition movement and one of the first states to abolish slavery. Yet the Commonwealth’s economy developed in collaboration with states that claimed people as property. This series explored how enslavement and white supremacy shaped the history of Massachusetts and how they continue to shape its present. From the first program “Slavery and Wealth Creation” to the final event “The Charles Stuart Story: White Lies and Black Lives,” the series asked us all to understand, acknowledge and confront racial injustice.

Developed by Northeastern Law's Criminal Justice Task Force, Confronting Racial Injustice is a free, five-part series hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society and sponsored by a number of Boston-area organizations.

February 18, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Slavery, Wealth Creation, and Intergenerational Wealth

March 11, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Redlining: From Slavery to $8 in 400 Years

April 15, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Boston School Desegregation Through the Rearview Mirror

May 19, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School Zone Law and Other Mandatory Minimum Sentences

June 9, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
The Charles Stuart Story: White Lies and Black Lives

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Has Justice Been Served? Reflections on the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin
Northeastern faculty, student and staff panelists offered reflections on the verdicts in the landmark Derek Chauvin trial, and considered whether this moment marks a turning point in the nation’s acknowledgment of, and accountability for, racial justice. Professor Margaret Burnham, director of the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, spoke at this panel and told News@Northeastern, “This was a moment that affirms the humanity of Black people. The verdict restores a kind of moral balance ....”
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM 
CRRJ Workshop: Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission
A conversation with Maya Davis about the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Maya Davis is a member of the Maryland Lynching Commission, Senior Research Archivist for the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, and Executive Director for the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Lynching: Reparations as Restorative Justice
A significant and timely conference on reparations as a form of restorative justice for the families of lynching victims, hosted by the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and Africana Studies Program at Northeastern University.
Special guests: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Y. Davis and Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee

Wednesday, June 17
Connecting with NUSL Centers and Projects Around Racism and Police Brutality
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC); Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC); Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and NuLawLab invited Northeastern Law students to a virtual meeting to discuss the ways the School of Law's centers and projects can collaborate with and support students in our responses to ongoing structural racism and police brutality.

Monday, June 8, 2020
How Do We Restore Justice for George Floyd?
A FacebookLive discussion led by Professor Margaret Burnham about civil rights and restorative justice. This discussion was one in a series of events in which we will gather in solidarity to confront racial injustice and chart the course for lasting change.

Friday, May 1, 2020
Racial Justice, Restoration and Inclusion: Human Rights Principles and Local Practice
This program explored the relevance of human rights norms in efforts to advance racial justice and address historical and ongoing racism, discrimination and intolerance. Speakers examined strategies to shape effective remedies and redress, including reparations abnd restorative justice, drawing from international, national and local examples. Panelists included Carmelyn Malalis ’01, chair of the New York City Human Rights Commission. Professor Margaret Burnham, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), delivered the keynote address.

March 25, 2020
Film Screening: The Silence of Others
A screening of The Silence of Others, an award-winning documentary directed by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo.

CRRJ workshop featuring Shytierra Gaston, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Details to follow soon.

June 22, 2019
Murder in Mobile Screening at the Roxbury International Film Festival
Murder in Mobile continued its festival run with a screening at the Roxbury International Film Festival. The inspiring short documentary which highlights the work of NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) was be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday, June 22, at 12:30 p.m.

June 26, 2019
CRRJ Workshop Series: Interpretive Limitations of Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Case for Reparations
Featuring 
Jada Benn Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

January 25, 2019
Tribute to the Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 25, the Northeastern community gathered to pay homage to the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the power of film, music and conversation. The event featured the premier of “Murder in Mobile,” a documentary featuring the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) and the 1948 murder of Rayfield Davis, whose case was unearthed and investigated by Chelsea Schmitz ’13. Danielle Ponder ’11 (right) set the tone for the premiere with her band, The Tomorrow People.

Following the screening, Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of CRRJ, conversed with Professor Roderick L. Ireland, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. “The accounting that we’re doing, the accumulating of cases, is in part a response to Martin Luther King’s challenge that there is an unpaid debt,” Burnham said. “Because those stories have to be told in order for us fully to understand our history. Simply collecting material is not enough."

Murder in Mobile

December 12, 2018
CRRJ Workshop Series: Silences and Erasures
Diane Harriford, Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Vassar College; Visiting Scholar, CRRJ
Dr. Harriford is utilizing the CRRJ-Nobles Archive to examine the intersection of gender and sexuality with the racial violence documented there.  She explores, in the context of this violence, women’s resistance, the impact of heterosexual or homosexual affective ties across race, and black and white masculine identity.

November 14, 2018
CRRJ Workshop Series: Freedom’s Cost: Children & Youth in the Black Freedom Struggle

Francoise Hamlin, Africana Studies and History, Brown University Dr. Hamlin’s project positions children and youth at the center of the postwar African American civil rights movements by addressing activism’s personal and communal costs.

October 20, 2018
Past Harms, Present Remedies: Law Enforcement and Families Affected by Historical Police Violence in Conversation
Before cell phones and body cameras, African Americans who were killed because of the actions of law enforcement officers had virtually no recourse to courts or justice. Although their cases were ignored by public officials for decades, today families and communities are unearthing the stories of these lost lives and calling for recognition and repair from local police departments and other government leaders. CRRJ is convening a public gathering in New Orleans on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Loyola College of Law to talk about the impact of deaths at the hands of police in the mid-twentieth century on today’s initiatives to improve police accountability and police-community relations.

October 24, 2018 | 4:00 PM | 360 Dockser Hall
CRRJ Workshop Series | Lift Every Voice: A Way to Meaningful Repair
Linda J. Mann, Visiting Scholar, Alliance for Historical Dialogue & Accountability at Columbia University; VP of Research for the Georgetown Memory Project (GMP)
Dr. Mann will discuss the GMP’s project identifying and locating 300 enslaved people sold by Georgetown University and the Maryland Jesuits to plantations in Louisiana in 1838 and tracing their direct descendants.

October 30, 2018 | 4:00 PM | 240 Dockser Hall
Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart
Screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a documentary directed by Tracy Heather Strain, Northeastern Professor of Media and Screen Studies and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. The screening was followed by a conversation with the Tracy Heather Strain and a panel featuring Professor Margaret Burnham, Director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

November 14, 2018 | 4:00 PM | 360 Dockser Hall
CRRJ Workshop Series: Freedom’s Cost: Children & Youth in the Black Freedom Struggle
Francoise Hamlin, Africana Studies and History, Brown University
Dr. Hamlin’s project positions children and youth at the center of the postwar African American civil rights movements by addressing activism’s personal and communal costs.

December 12, 2018 | 4:00 PM | 360 Dockser Hall
CRRJ Workshop Series: Silences and Erasures
Diane Harriford, Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Vassar College; Visiting Scholar, CRRJ
Dr. Harriford is utilizing the CRRJ-Nobles Archive to examine the intersection of gender and sexuality with the racial violence documented there. She explores, in the context of this violence, women’s resistance, the impact of heterosexual or homosexual affective ties across race, and black and white masculine identity.

August 18, 2018
Recalling Their Names: Racial Terror in Jim Crow Mobile
The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s (CRRJ) investigation of six Jim Crow-era murders will be featured in an exhibit, “Murders in Mobile,” opening August 18 at the History Museum of Mobile in Alabama. In addition, a Mobile street will be named in honor of Rayfield Davis, one of the murder victims.

March 17, 2018 | Natchez, Mississippi
CRRJ Honors Samuel Mason Bacon 
Professor Margaret Burnham, Kaylie Simon and Mary Nguyen ’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.

March 10, 2018 |  West Point, Georgia
Henry “Peg” Gilbert and Mae Gilbert: Honoring Their Lives and Restoring Justice
Professor Margaret Burnham and Tara Dunn ’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.

March 3, 2018 | Selma, Alabama
Resurrecting Their Stories: A Community-based Oral History Project
The third in a three-part symposium series. Prior workshops were held at Tuskegee University and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 

January 26, 2018 | Northeastern University School of Law
Digital Red Records
A workshop, hosted by CRRJ, on digital collections covering historical racial violence in the United States. 

October 20-21, 2017 | Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Resurrecting Their Stories: A Community-based Oral History Project
Proudly presented by NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), The Elmore Bolling Foundation and Alabama NAACP.

June 9-11, 2017
Resurrecting Their Stories: A Community-based Oral History Project
Proudly presented by NUSL's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee University Archives, The Elmore Bolling Foundation and Alabama NAACP.

June 17, 2017
Reparative Justice and Social Healing: Research and Reflection on Historic Violence
Proudly presented as part of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice’s Sixth National Conference, this three-hour session will bring together artists, activists and researchers to think creatively about the national movement to come to terms with, and transcend, historic racial violence.