Northeastern University Will Host National Civil Rights Leaders to Explore Reparations for Lynchings


11.14.20 — The families of lynching victims will come together with national civil rights leaders including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Davis, Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee and Dread Scott to explore avenues for compensatory reparations and other forms of repair during “Reparations: Lynching as Restorative Justice,” a conference on November 17, 2020, organized by Northeastern University School of Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and Northeastern University’s Africana Studies Program.

“There is a widespread racial reckoning occurring across our country in the wake of the George Floyd event,” said University Distinguished Professor of Law Margaret Burnham, director of CRRJ, one of the nation’s leading investigators of lynchings in the South between 1930 and 1970. “There’s increased sensitivity and increased appetite to learn about the history behind the George Lloyd murder. And those of us who have been studying and organizing in this arena for a long time need to step up to the plate and inform that conversation.” Burnham will be among the conference speakers.

Testimonies from the families of lynching victims will set the tone and reverence of the day. Discussions will bring together scholars, lawyers and descendants of lynching victims to explore avenues for compensatory reparations and other forms of repair.

Additional speakers include Ron Daniels, William “Sandy” Darity, Quanda Johnson, Maxine Jones, Evan Lewis, Joey Mogul, Thomas Moore, Sheila Moss, Ángel Nieves, Nkechi Taifa and Annie Whitlock.

The conference takes place on November 17 from 9 am to 1 pm. It is open to the public. To register, visit

About the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project: The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law is a mission-driven program of interdisciplinary teaching, research and policy analysis.  We work at the crossroads of race, history, and criminal justice.  Established in 2007 and offering courses, fellowships, and an archive of cases, the program is the preeminent academic center for the study of mid-twentieth century racial violence.  Our original investigations, transformative pedagogies, and top-level scholarship facilitate local and national initiatives to uncover an accurate history of racial terror and reconcile the ongoing damage. 

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About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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