Howard University: The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center is Howard University’s flagship institutional setting for the study of practice of civil rights, human rights, and racial justice law and advocacy. We seek to obtain racial justice by using a human rights lens to fight in support of social movements that seek equal justice under law. We believe that the tools of scholarship, legal advocacy, and community organizing are all necessary to accomplish this goal.

Columbia University: The Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Founded at Columbia University in 1978, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights advances the field of human rights through critical human rights education, research, reflection, and capacity-building. By bringing together scholars and advocates to teach and learn from each other, the Institute provides innovative degree programs to Columbia students at every level, offers non-degree training and capacity-building to human rights advocates from around the world, fosters critical debate and discussion about the opportunities and challenges of human rights theory and practice, and promotes multi-disciplinary research useful to those who seek to understand the history and meaning of human rights and to those who seek to apply human rights principles in their work. Linda J. Mann, previous Columbia AHDA fellow and founder of Justice and Equity Solutions spearheaded this project for ISHR.

The creation of this website is also the result of a 2019 Fall convening, where a cross-section of activists, civil rights lawyers, scholars, faith-based leaders, museum curators, and government officials gathered to develop a framework for dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders working to address racial historical injustices. For a day and a half, members explored explicit micro-redress efforts to further our understanding of the development and implementation of U.S. policies and their justice potential. Four themes guided discussions: The Voices of Those Wronged; Institutional Support at the Local Level; Legacy of Harms; and Pathways to Racial Redress. Convening members agreed that a national clearinghouse or network was warranted. This website is dedicated to the minds and hearts of those convening member, who collaborated to forward justice and gave birth to the concept of this website. Justin Hansford, Executive Director of Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center is co-leading the project.