The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project of Northeastern University School of Law presents 50 Years Later, A Commemoration of the Birmingham Bombing. On Sunday, September 15th at 5:00 p.m. Northeastern University School of Law will host an evening of reflection and dialogue on the Civil Rights movement, featuring Angela Davis, who grew up in Birmingham Alabama where racial violence and bombings devastated the lives of her neighbors and community. Angela Davis is an activist, writer and Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies programs at UC Santa Cruz.
On Sunday September 15, 1963 a box of dynamite was placed in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama as an act of racially motivated violence by a group of white men. The explosion at the African-American church, killed four girls, and injured many others. This occurred when many schools and churches were still racially segregated and the talk of integration intensified racial violence. The church was a target in part because it was a central place for civil rights meetings. This occurred just before the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, giving the federal government authority to file school desegregation cases and prohibiting discrimination in programs and school’s receipt of federal funding.
Also featured will be Professor Margaret Burnham, longtime civil rights lawyer, activist and founder of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project. With music by Vukani Mawethu Choir performing freedom songs and spoken word by poet Donte Clark, we will gather at the First Congressional Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison Street at 5:00pm on Sunday, September 15th. Tickets may be purchased http://www.alumni.northeastern.edu/crrj
All proceeds go to CRRJ. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
CRRJ is a powerful project that aims to illuminate injustices of the past and bring about constructive change. This event will allow individuals in California to learn more about the important work taking place at Northeastern University School of Law.