The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The ’30s On (NPR)

The state of race relations in the United States has captivated the country for months. But a group of Northeastern University law students is looking to the past to a sometimes forgotten, violent part of American history.

The Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project is working to document every racially motivated killing in the American South between 1930 and 1970. So far, they’ve documented about 350 cases. Most of the crimes received little attention when they were committed, and often, even the family members of the victims don’t know how their relatives died.

Margaret Burnham, the director of the project, spoke to Weekend Edition’s Eric Westervelt to discuss how the project works and why it matters now.

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