Recent graduate shines investigative light on 75-​​year-​​old civil rights cold case

Pvt. Felix Hall, a 19-​​year-​​old African Amer­ican from Mill­brook, Alabama, was lynched in the woods of Fort Ben­ning, Georgia, in 1941. More than 70 years later, Alexa Mills dug into the case as part of her course work in the School of Journalism’s Media Inno­va­tion pro­gram and then wrote a front-​​page fea­ture on her find­ings for The Wash­ington Post.

NUPD chief: National shootings ‘disturbing,’ but present opportunity to form stronger bonds between police and communities

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Chief of Police Michael Davis has been a part of a range of efforts and ini­tia­tives at the national level exam­ining law enforce­ment prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly those involving race and policing.

Witness videos and the conversation about race and policing

Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Ster­ling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Min­nesota fatally shot Phi­lando Castile. Both men were black. And both shoot­ings were cap­tured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly cir­cu­lated on social media. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey talks about the role tech­nology now plays in influ­encing the con­ver­sa­tion about race and policing, and the con­sti­tu­tional right of cit­i­zens to record law enforce­ment in public.

Faculty, staff reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern ties

Jack Gri­nold, Northeastern’s leg­endary sports infor­ma­tion director, says watching the heavy­weight champ’s training ses­sions at Matthews Arena in 1964 “were some of the most delightful after­noons I’ve ever spent.” In 1994, Ali received an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice from North­eastern. The trans­for­ma­tional sports figure died on Friday. Here, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity reflect on Ali’s life and legacy.

3Qs: The power and press of black celebrity

Assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies Sarah Jackson’s new book exam­ines how the main­stream and black press have cov­ered con­tro­ver­sial polit­ical dis­sent by African-​​American celebri­ties. Her inspi­ra­tion came from an unlikely source: Kanye West.

Music, race, and the White House

Hip-​​hop in Amer­ican cul­ture and its con­nec­tions with Barack Obama’s pres­i­dency set the stage for a thought-​​provoking panel dis­cus­sion with experts in race, music, gender studies, pop cul­ture, and politics.