Past Events

Toni Morrison talks Civil Rights at Northeastern

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project presents

January 13, 2012
240 Dockser Hall • School of Law
4 to 6 pm

Reception with Special Guests
6 to 8 pm

F e a t u r i n g
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Friday, December 9, 2011


12:00 – 1:30 PM

Northeastern University School of Law, 230 Dockser Hall

Gordon A. Martin Jr., retired Massachusetts trial judge and author of, “Count Them One By One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote.”

Judge Martin’s book addresses his experience as a young lawyer working for the US Department of Justice on a groundbreaking voter registration case in Mississippi.

In a conversation with Asst. Proff. Charissa Threat, History NU.

Thursday October 26,2011

Old South House Presents: Inside the Issues
Join us for an evening talk  on the Dee-Moore Case Sponsored by the Lowell institute


Justice comes in Civil Rights era mystery. Northeastern Law School’s Professor Margaret Burnham discusses the landmark Dee-Moore case.

Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, October 20, 2011

September 15, 2011- Viewing of the Documentary “Can We Talk”

Can We Talk is documentary providing personal testimonials of individuals impacted by the court ordered busing in Boston and the residual affects on residents. The film is used to introduce people to the Boston Busing/ Desegregation Project’s learning network, which is a group of people dedicated to learning about the busing era together. The network hopes to build a culture of truth telling, citywide, learning, and systematic change in Boston.

A film by the United Minority Neighborhoods, Boston Busing/ Desegregation Project.

February 7, 2011- Justice Restored: A Community Effort in Mayflower, Texas

On October 23, 1955, in Texas, two white men murdered 16-year-old John Earl Reese and shot 13-year-old Joyce Faye Crockett Nelson and 15-year-old Johnnie Nelson. The shooters were never held accountable for the murder of Reese. The violence that claimed Reese’s life was motivated by anger over the improvement of a local black high school. Fifty Five years later, justice was restored. On October 23, 2010 the Mayflower community in partnership with Prof. Margaret Burnham and Civil Rights & Restorative Justice, held a beautiful memorial event for John Earl Reese. Hear the story from Ronald Dugger, the investigative journalist who covered the case in 1955. Special Guest Artist Danielle Ponder, NUSL ’11.

Justice Restored: A Community Effort in Mayflower, Texas

November 8, 2010 – Thomas Moore & Thelma Collins Address CRRJ

In May 1964, in Mississippi, the White Knights of the KKK brutalized and murdered CHARLES MOORE and HENRY DEE. Over forty years later, justice was served. A Klansman was convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life terms in federal prison. In an unprecedented civil law suit, the victims’ families obtained a settlement in June 2010. They discussed the case with CRRJ students

November 10, 2010 – State Legislators Conference

In November 2010 CRRJ hosted a workshop for state and local lawmakers from Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. The
workshop focused on steps that can be taken at the state and local level to address unsolved homicides and other law enforcement wrongdoing from the civil rights era.

The workshop attendees discussed challenges in redressing past racial violence, including an often hostile political landscape and the peculiarities of the investigative and prosecutorial authority of state and local officials. The discussion also focused on efforts to involve a wide array of actors in the work, including academics, community organizations and cultural institutions.

October 23, 2010 – John Earl Reese Memorial Services

On October 23, 2010, which marked the 55th anniversary of John Earl Reese’s death, the Mayflower community sponsored a day of commemorative events. A county road was renamed for John Earl Reese, two commemorative plaques were dedicated and a new headstone was placed at his grave-site. CRRJ students Kaylie Simon and Nataniel Johnson-Gottlieb took the lead in assisting the Mayflower community to organize the event. Under the leadership of Simon and Tasmin Din, CRRJ also successfully petitioned county officials to amend the 1955 Reese death certificate, which recorded the cause of death as “accidental;” hence, the amended certificate, issued in December 2010, records the death as a homicide.


March 25-26, 2010 – 5th Annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Margaret Burnham, Professor and Director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), presented two workshops at the 5th Annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference at Jackson State University.

On March 25, CRRJ presented Civil Rights Crimes and the Continuing Pursuit of Justice: Courts and Media, a panel which focused on information regarding current efforts being undertaken on various levels to rectify abuses that occurred during the civil rights movement. This panel brought together experts from law enforcement, the legal community and private organizations designed to investigate and shed new light on civil rights crimes. Panelists included Cynthia Deitle, Unit Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.; Michael Jackson, District Attorney of Perry County Alabama; Paula Johnson, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Cold Case Initiative at Syracuse University; and Hank Klibanoff, Managing Editor of The Civil Rights Cold Case Project in Atlanta, Georgia.

On March 26, CRRJ presented Civil Rights Crimes and the Continuing Pursuit of Justice: Redress, Recall, Reeducate. This workshop (re)engaged people who want to become active in working on anti-civil rights violence issues in and around Mississippi . After brief introductions of each group leader, the audience was divided into three groups focusing on the Arts, Legislation and Restorative Justice. Conference attendees could join either of the groups to discuss ongoing efforts and to brainstorm new ways in which to bring these issues to light. Speakers included Keith Beauchamp, Director of Till Freedom Come Productions and Tomeka Harbin, Community Organizer (Region 2) for the Mississippi Truth Project.

October 7, 2009 – The Race Beat: Then and Now

On October 7, 2009 CRRJ presented a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Hank Klibanoff. With Gene Roberts, Klibanoff wrote Race Beat, winning the Pulitzer in 2007. The filmmaker, Judy Richardson, discussed her film, Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968. Richardson showed a short clip from the film, which was released earlier this year. Cosponsors were the School of Journalism and the Northeastern University Libraries.  The event was held at Northeastern University School of Law

February, 2009 – Scarred Justice: Orangeburg Massacre 1968

This documentary takes viewers back to the night of February 8, 1968 in Orangeburg, South Carolina at South Carolina State College where local police officers shot into a crowd of students killing 3 and wounding 28.


November, 2008 – Researcher Susan Klopfer Visits CRRJ Workshop

Susan Klopfer, independent researcher, author of Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited, conducted a class on issues in cold case research in November 2008. She focused on the Mississippi Delta region.

March 2008 – Civil Rights Activist Charles McDew Addresses CRRJ

In March 2008, Charles McDew, Chairperson of SNCC in the 1960s, addressed CRRJ students at Northeastern on the subject of remedies for civil rights-era crimes. In connection with his civil rights activities Mr. McDew was incarcerated on a charge of criminal anarchy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1961.

July 27-28, 2007 – Mississippi Truth Commission

On July 27-28, 2007 CRRJ sponsored a workshop at Tougaloo College in Mississippi that brought scholars together with social justice activists to plan research and to initiate discussion about a Mississippi truth commission. Margaret Burnham convened the gathering.

Two initiatives designed to investigate anti-civil rights violence in the state during the period from 1955 to 1970 emerged from the workshop. The Research Initiative supports research that aims to render a comprehensive account of the phenomenon of anti-civil rights violence as it was experienced in Mississippi. The Truth Initiative, now called the Mississippi Truth Project and under the auspices of the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, promotes public engagement in the search for truth, justice and reconciliation. These two initiatives will contribute to the historical record of anti-civil rights violence, accord to it appropriate meaning in the present political and cultural environment, and address the unresolved issues of racism and white supremacy.

The Tougaloo workshop was cosponsored by CRRJ, the William Winter Institute at University of Mississippi, the Pre-Law Program and Center for Civil Engagement at Tougaloo College, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at Jackson State University. Participants included civil rights veterans Robert P. Moses, David Dennis, Hollis Watkins, Rita Bender and Owen Brooks; social justice activists Susan Glisson, director of the Winter Institute of the University of Mississippi and Andrew Sheldon of Southern Truth and Reconciliation; political leaders, including Jackson City Councilor Leslie McLemore; and scholars, including John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi; Nan Woodruff, author of American Congo: The African-American Freedom Struggle in the Delta; Jennifer Irons, an expert on the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission; Melissa Nobles, author of The Politics of Official Apologies; David Cunningham, an expert on the Ku Klux Klan; Daniel Kryder, who has written on policing during the civil rights era; and Geoff Ward, an expert on juvenile justice.

April, 2007 – Crimes of the Civil Rights Era Conference

In April, 2007, CRRJ hosted its inaugural conference on Civil Rights-Era crimes.