The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-appointed community watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida, has sparked a turbulent nationwide dialogue on race and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which authorize the use of lethal force in cases of self-defense. On Tuesday, law professor Deborah Ramirez spoke at a panel convened by Congressional Democrats to address the case.
This afternoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson will give a lecture at Northeastern’s School of Law entitled “Voices from the Black Migration.” The event is sponsored by the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project, and is part of a day of programming in which Northeastern will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We asked law professor Margaret Burnham, who founded CCRJ, to explain both the significance of Wilkerson’s visit and students’ participation in the project.
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