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Racial and Social Justice: Racial Justice Movements and the Law

This Guide presents resources available to NIU College of Law students, faculty, administration and staff to help foster a legal profession dedicated to upholding racial justice.

Importance of Racial Justice Movements

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin, Remember This House (& I Am Not Your Negro).

Special Collections

Racial Justice Resources at the Library

Historic Civil Rights Laws

Movements Today: Black Lives Matter

undefined    People attend a Black Lives Matter protest outside Lewisham Police Station in London on June 3 after a video emerged showing six officers restraining a Black woman nearby. (Guy Smallman/Getty images) 

BLM Founders Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors - Protesters outside police station in London

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Historical Movements: Civil Rights Era (1960s)

Historical Movements: NAACP in the Courts (1940-1950)

Historical Movements: Anti-Lynching (1890-1920)

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