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The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) conducts research and supports policy initiatives on anti-civil rights violence in the United States and other miscarriages of justice of that period. CRRJ serves as a resource for scholars, policymakers, and organizers involved in various initiatives seeking justice for crimes of the civil rights era.

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Feature Video: “The Trouble I’ve Seen”

The Trouble I’ve Seen” follows the investigations of three harrowing civil rights cold cases. Founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, CRRJ takes on cases that both horrify us and beg us to correct the record, to search for reconciliation and remediation for families and communities that even decades later shudder in the shadows of bigotry and injustice. “The Trouble I’ve Seen” is narrated by Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP.

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“The Trouble I’ve Seen”

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Featured Report: Servicemen Slain on Atlanta Streetcars

CRRJ’s latest report, “Servicemen Slain on Streetcars by Motormen with Guns,” tells the stories of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson, two WWII veterans who survived the war, but not the public transportation system in post-war Atlanta, Georgia. Both men were killed by motormen carrying guns under the police powers given to conductors and motormen of the segregated public transportation of the American South. This report explores both the personal stories and the legal narratives that underlie these injustices, focusing on the role of motormen with police powers as part of the Jim Crow framework. This timely report comes as the streetcar system returns to Atlanta, almost sixty years after the deaths of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson.

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