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Race Relations and RJ
Race Relations and Restorative Dialogue: A Resource Site for Nationwide Efforts Promoting Dialogue-Based Opportunities for Racial Reconciliation
Location: Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA. Contact Person: Margaret Burnham.
The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) conducts a remediation program that assesses and supports policy measures to redress harms of the Civil Rights era by advocating for victims, their families and communities. These measures include criminal prosecutions, truth and reconciliation proceedings, state and federal pardons, and apologies by state and private entities that bear responsibility for the harms. CRRJ believes a key feature of their work is “restoring” individual case narratives and their legal sequelae, to history, so that the depth and breadth of racial violence in mid-century Jim Crow South is not left out of American history.
In 1893, Bow Bell was shot to death while working his fields in Amite County, MS. In 1945, Eugene Bell (Bow’s grandson) was ambushed on an Amite County highway and shot to death in front of his wife and children. In photo above, 69 years after Eugene’s death, Kimbrough Scholars meet with the Amite County court clerk to learn about the murders.
In photo above, the Philadelphia Coalition, with guests Rita Bender and Susan Glisson, dedicates a memorial to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Longdale, Neshoba County, Mississippi, in March 2008.
Send Initiatives to Camille Maddox
If you have a recommendation for a current initiative that addresses race relations within a restorative framework, please send information and links to Camille Maddox. Camille works as a data analyst for Shine Early Learning and lives in Philadelphia, PA.