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Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice



The Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice (CCRSJ) at Emory University School of Law channels the energy of late civil rights icon and Atlanta long-standing Congressman John Lewis 14H, honoring his legacy through work that keeps his spirit alive. CCRSJ supports research, policy design, educational opportunities, and community outreach at the local, state, national, and global level.

Areas of General and Specialized Inquiry

CCRSJ broadly defines the scope of civil rights and social justice to include a range of group-based social inequities, such as race, gender, poverty, sexuality, gender identity, disability and combinations of these concerns. Although CCRSJ addresses a wide range of policy matters, five areas of specialized focus include: 

  • Democracy and Political Participation
  • Criminal Law and Enforcement
  • Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Pre-K-Higher Education Access and Equity
  • Environmental Justice.

Center Activities 

A diverse group of scholars and staff members plan and execute CCRSJ activities, including Professor Darren Lenard Hutchinson (Faculty Director) and Alicia Hughes (Interim Director); a program coordinator and other staff; and roster of talented and esteemed faculty affiliates, student research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, and community partners. Innovative by design, CCRSJ combines cutting-edge academic research with activities designed to make a tangible and positive impact on society.