Giving First for January

Communities across the country are grappling with how to make amends for slavery and decades of violence against the African American community.

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law is building an archive documenting the racialized murders of African Americans during the period of 1930-1970 in the Jim Crow South. We have investigated over 500 cases already and have identified more than 1,500 other murders that need to be documented. A sense of urgency hangs over these efforts, for those most affected by the events are aging, and the documents are being discarded and lost to history.

CRRJ also supports families and communities in seeking justice for these crimes legal proceedings, legislative actions, truth and reconciliation commissions, public apologies, and commemorative events and exhibits. Restorative justice comes in many forms; we must face our past, based on a true accounting of that history, in order to reconcile and heal from what we, as a country, have done.

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