Awards2011 Finalist Online News Association Awards
– Specialty Site Journalism, Affiliated
External Web Sitecold cases.org
Synopsis:Today in the American South, scores of civil rights murders remain unsolved, uninvestigated, unprosecuted, and untold. Those two legacies of violence and silence still haunt the region and continue to damage race relations in the United States.
The Civil Rights Cold Case Project is an unprecedented collaboration bringing together the power of investigative reporting, narrative writing, documentary filmmaking and interactive multimedia production to reveal the long-neglected truth behind unsolved civil rights murders, and to facilitate reconciliation and healing.
The Project – spearheaded by David Ridgen, John Fleming, Paperny Entertainment, and the Center for Investigative Reporting – has already produced extraordinary information in high-profile cases that prosecutors have used to build criminal cases against killers and conspirators who had walked free for more than 40 years. To date, every civil rights murder case that has been reopened and successfully prosecuted was the direct result of an investigation initiated by a journalist.
Today, some of the witnesses, perpetrators, and victims’ family members are still alive. But the clock is ticking for reaching these people, the only living links to these crimes. We must find them and their stories before the evidence—and opportunities for justice and reconciliation—is lost with them.
Northeastern Law School
Harvard Law School
Syracuse Law School
Center for Public Integrity
Center for Investigative Reporting
Support for the Civil Rights Cold Case Project has come from the following foundations and individuals: