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Kimbrough Scholars of Massachusetts to stop at SULC during their investigation of Louisiana Civil Rights cold case

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Kimbrough Scholars prepare to leave Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a visit to the Baton Rouge area for a cold case investigation and more. Photo courtesy of Kathleen FitzGerald (CRLS).

Kimbrough Scholars, high school students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS) Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their advisers will meet at SULC during their weeklong visit to the Baton Rouge area, April 25-30, as part of their investigation of a Jim Crow and Civil Rights era cold case. The 1940 case involves the death of Horace “Booster” Williams in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Kimbrough Scholars Program is a partnership between the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project directed by Dr. Margaret Burnham of Northeastern University School of Law. Burnham has conducted CRRJ summer programs since 2014 with Southern University Law Center students.

The program is designed to connect students with hands-on learning experiences in the field of racial justice. The students, under the supervision of teachers, volunteer community members, and CRRJ staff, have the opportunity to critically examine American history, concepts of restorative justice, and the law through the lens of Jim Crow and Civil Rights era cold cases.

The eight students (one junior and seven graduating seniors) and advisers arrived in Baton Rouge on Monday, April 25. The advisers are Kathleen FitzGerald, a CRLS teacher; attorney Melvin Kelly, a member of the CRRJ team at Northeastern who is guiding the students through the case investigation; Diane Tabor, former assistant principal and director of curriculum at CRLS; Poppy Milner, retired educator and guidance counselor; Larry Aronson, retired social studies teacher at CRLS, and Dr. Janet Moses, retired pediatrician.

For more information, contact Dr. Janet Moses, mosezp@gmail.com or attorney Melvin Kelley, m.kelley@neu.edu.