Our Work

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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CRRJ 2014 Year End Report

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law brings together lawmakers, lawyers, activists, researchers, journalists and the families of victims of racial homicides to study and redress the systemic failures of the criminal justice system of the mid-twentieth century. We engage in a form of legal archeology: recovering documents lost to history, examining the fault lines of each case, and conceptualizing continuities over time. Our students interview witnesses and family members, document their memories, and share official accounts of the events. CRRJ maintains the most comprehensive archive on racial homicides in the country, including records of law enforcement, civil rights groups, and state and federal courts, as well as images and oral histories.

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Featured Report: Servicemen Slain on Atlanta Streetcars

As covered in the Boston Globe and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CRRJ’s latest report, “Servicemen Slain on Streetcars by Motormen with Guns,” tells the stories of Madison Harris and Walter Lee Johnson. The two WWII veterans 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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Latest News

Alabama’s Jim Crow era murders under new spotligh...

MOBILE, Alabama -- A number of grisly racially-motivated killings that occurred in Alabama during the Jim Crow era are getting a fresh look. The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project, a group ...

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Northeastern University students un...

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Slain civil rights workers to recei...

President Barack Obama announced 19 ...