The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Education - Book Discussion Series
15224 - 15226
Lakeshore Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
"Without education, there is no hope for our people
and without hope, our
future is lost" -
Charles Hamilton Houston
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence,
Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
The New York Times
1619 Project
Discussion Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays
January 28 through
February 27, 2020
6 - 8 p.m.
Kumbaya on the Shore
15226 Lakeshore Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio
         On August 18, 2019 The New York Times launched its ground-breaking and controversial 1619 Project, a special edition magazine and
    subsequent audio series on the historic landing and legacy of the first documented Africans in America.  Operative word, documented.   

        Inspired and introduced by NYT staff writer Nicole Hannah Jones, the Magazine includes 32 essays and musings researched and written
    by journalists and scholars covering topics from the historic Middle Passage to modern day Atlanta traffic jams.

          Beginning January 28 through the commonly designated Black History Month, the National Institute for Restorative Justice, in partnership
    Kumbaya on the Shore, hosted a six-week discussion series on these writings under the guidance of justice advocates, researchers, educators
    and authors on the topics. Keeping true to our commitment of “Educating for Advocacy,” the 1619 discussion series is for the purpose of
    providing us with the knowledge, framework, inspiration and courage to educate and organize leadership for proactive and sustainable
    restorative justice engagement.  
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Orientation and distribution
of reading materials
NIRJ Board and study participants
Thursday, February 6, 2020
A Slave Nation Fights for Freedom:
by Mary Elliot & Jasmine Hughes
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Mass Incarceration
by Bryan Stevenson
Established as an outgrowth of
Deuteronomy 8:3 Cafe Books & Music's
Restorative Justice Initiative's
three summits on the
Thirteenth Amendment
and the Prison Industrial Complex,
The National Institute for Restorative
Justice incorporated in March 2011 for
the purpose of educating for advocacy.

The Institute's primary focus is on
social, economic and legal justice.

Since inception, the Initiative
and subsequent Institute have hosted
seven weekend summits and  
seven six-week book discussion series:

2004 Turning Our Dollars Into Sense
2005 13th Amendment and the
Prison Industrial Complex
2006 13th Amendment the
Prison Industrial Complex
2007 The Cleveland Movement:
The Spirit of Niagara
2010  Cleveland Movement: Precinct 101
2010 In Search of the Talented Tenth
2010 13th Amendment and the
Prison Industrial Complex
2010 Resurrecting Leadership:
Eyes on the Prize and
The Essential Writings of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
2010 Shackled Minds: The Continued
Bondage of Black America
2011 Imagining, Democracy, Justice:
The Mind of Manning Marable
2012 Organizing A Movement,
Struggling to Freedom
The Legacies of A. Philip Randolph,
Charles Hamilton Houston,
Thurgood Marshall and  Ella Baker
2012 Backs, Brains, Bucks & Ballots:
Crafting Indigenous
Controlled Communities
In the Age of Mass Black Urban Removal
2015 Collective Courage:
A History of African American
Cooperative Economic
Thought & Practice
2015—2016  13th Amendment
Sesquicentennial Dialogue:
The Criminalization of Black America
2020 The 1619 Project

For more information about past series
visit the Discussion Series
Archive Pages at
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Slavery, Power and the
Human Cost: 1455—1775
by Mary Elliott & Jazmine Hughes
Sugar by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Charles Bevel
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Performing Artist
Civil & Human Rights Advocate
MA Law Candidate,
Cleveland State University
Period Overview, Queen Nzinga, Cultivating
Wealth and Power, Race Encoded Into Law,
Continual Resistance, Means of Control,
Memory & Placemaking, The Deadly
Commodity (Sugar)
Mittie Imani Jordan
Founding Chair, NIRJ  
Owner, Madiya Ltd:
Kumbaya on the Shore,
New Myths & Legends
Productions & Publications
AB Smith College
Period Overview, Describing the Depravity of
Slavery, She Sued for Her Freedom, God
Wouldn’t Want Segregated Sanctuaries, A
Powerful Letter, The Destructive Impact of
the Cotton Gin.
Sidebar: Pecan Pioneer:
The Enslaved man Who Cultivated the South’
s Favorite Nut” by Tiya Miles  
Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa on Crispus
Poetry Guide: Gillian Johns (See
February 27
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The Limits of Freedom: 1776—1808
by Mary Elliot & Jazmine Hughes
Zachery R. Williams
Vice Chair, NIRJ
Scholar, Educator and Author
BA Clemson University
PhD Bowling Green State
Period Overview,
By Black People for Black People,
A Woman Bequeathed , Generations of
Enslavement, Liberation Theology,  
The Slave Patrols, Growing National
Tension, Enlisting in a Moral Fight,
Always on Your Person, One Family’s
Ledger, Freedom Begins
Sidebars: Gabriel Prosser’s Rebellion
by Barry Jenkins, The Act Prohibiting
Importation of Slaves by Jesmyn Ward,
The Emancipation Proclamation by Darryl
Pinckney, Louisiana’s Refusal by ZZ Packer
Poetry: Reginald Dwayne Betts on the First
Fugitive Salve Act, Tyehimba Jess on
Negro Fort
Poetry Guide: Gillian Johns
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Idea of America
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Dolores Person Lairet
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Retired Professor of French,
Francophone, Caribbean
& Russian Literature
AB Wheaton College
AM Middlebury College
PhD Case Western Reserve
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Undemocratic Democracy
by Janmelle Bouie
Sidebar: Chained migration: How Slavery
Made Its Way West by Tiya Miles
Cedric Merlin Powell
National Board of Advisors,
NIRJ, Wyatt, Tarrant &
Combs Professor of Law,
University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
BA Oberlin College
JD New York University
School of Law
Sidebar: Rainbow Coalition by Kiese
Poetry: Jacqueline Woodson on
Isaac Woodward, Rita Dove on 16th Street
Baptist Church, Joshua Bennett on Black
Poetry Guide: Gillian Johns
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
American Popular Music
by Wesley Morris, Guide TBA
Thursday, February20, 2020
Capitalism by Matthew Desmond
James E. Page
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Community Activist,
Astrologer, Philosopher,
Yoruba Priest
BA Cleveland State Univ  
Sidebars: Mortgaging the Future:
The North-South rift led to a piecemeal
system of bank regulation by Mehrsa
Baradaran, Good as Gold: In Lincoln’s
wartime “greenbacks,” a preview of the
20th-century rise of flat currency
by Mehrsa Baradaran, Fabric of Modernity:
How Southern cotton became the
cornerstone of a new global commodities
trade by Mehrsa Baradaran, Municipal
Bonds: How Slavery Built Wall Street by
Tyra Miles The Wealth Gap by Trymaine
Lee, Traffic by Kevin M. Kruse   
D.Anthony Everett
Lead Pastor, University
Circle UMC, Lecturer,
Christian Social Activist,
BS Paul Quinn College
MDiv SMU Perkins
School of Theology
DMin Candidate United
Theological Seminary
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Why We Can’t Teach This
by Nikita Stewart
Gillian Johns
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Associate Professor and
Chair, Oberlin College
Department of English
BA Slippery Rock Univ
MA PhD Temple Univ
Auburn Shaeffer
Adjunct Professor,
Cleve State University
Educator and Writer
BA University of Michigan
PhD Candidate,
Cleveland State University
January 13 - 27, 2020
    The series is free and open to
    the public.  To register  
    email your name and
    contact information to or
    complete the form on our
    NIRJ  Justice Campaign
    page.  Include "1619" in the
    comment box.
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