The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Education - Book Discussion Series
Social Justice
Economic Justice
Legal Justice

Imagining, Democracy, Justice:
The Mind of Manning Marable

A Three Book Discussion Series
September 13—November 10, 2011
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required

"Without education, there is no hope for our people
and without hope, our
future is lost" -
Charles Hamilton Houston
Join The
Drum Majors
For Justice!
Organizing A Movement, Struggling To Freedom
The Legacies of Randolph, Houston, Marshall & Baker
A Three Book & Film Discussion Series
April 10 - May 24, 2012
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required
Kwame Malik
Surrendered: The Rise
Fall & Revelation of
Kwame Kilpatrick
Discussion & Signing
Friday, February 10
Click Here To View Kilpatrick Archive Page
Shackled Minds:
The Bondage of Black America
A Six Book & Film Discussion Series
October 26 - December 18, 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required
Resurrecting Leadership:
America At The Crossroads Again!
Opening Convocation: Sunday, April 4, 2010 ~ 7 - 8 p.m.
April 6 - May 20, 2010
Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Zachery  R. Williams, Ph.D.
Book signing & Discussion Series

Howard University Public Intellectuals and the
Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2010
Tuesdays ~ 6 - 8 p.m.

    Beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2012, The
    National Institute For Restorative
    Justice will begin exploring legacies,
    leadership and organizational strategies
    of four legendary Americans: Asa Philip
    Randolph, Charles Hamilton Houston,
    Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker.  

    Three biographies of these leaders will
    serve as text for the seven-week series:
    A. Philip Randolph And The Struggle
    For Civil Rights by Conelius Bynum;
    Ella Baker & the Black Freedom
    Movement: A Radical Democratic
    Vision by Barbara Ransby; and Root
    And Branch: Charles Hamilton
    Houston, Thurgood Marshall and the
    Struggle To End Segregation by Rawn
    James, Jr.  The text will be
    supplemented with film documentaries of
    the periods reflected.

    The series is free and open to the public.
15226 Lakeshore Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence, Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
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Collective Courage!
A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Critical 21st Century Conversations
About Independent Economies in
Black History

Tuesdays & Thursdays
March 3 - April 2, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Discussion & Book Signing With Author
Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, PhD
Saturday, February 28, 2015 ~ 2 - 4 p.m.
The New York Times
1619 Project
Discussion Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays
January 28 through
February 27, 2020
6 - 8 p.m.
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, will host 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.  
          The series is free and open to the public.  To register  email your
    name and contact information to or complete the
    form on our Justice Campaign page.  Include "1619" in the comment box.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Orientation and distribution
of reading materials
NIRJ Board and study participants
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Idea of America
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Why We Can’t Teach This
by Nikita Stewart
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
MA Law Candidate,
Cleveland State University
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The Limits of Freedom: 1776—1808
by Mary Elliot & Jazmine Hughes
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
Thursday, February 6, 2020
A Slave Nation Fights for Freedom:
by Mary Elliot & Jasmine 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
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
Sidebar: Chained migration: How Slavery
Made Its Way West by Tiya Miles
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Undemocratic Democracy
by Janmelle Bouie
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  
      Discussion 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   
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Mass Incarceration
by Bryan Stevenson
D.Anthony Everett
Lead Pastor, University
Circle UMC, Lecturer,
Christian Social Activist,
BS Paul Quinn College
MDiv Perkins School of
DMin Candidate United
Theological Seminary
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
Click here to visit the website for
Kumbaya on the Shore
Established as an outgrowth of
Deuteronomy 8:3 Cafe Books & Music's
Restorative Justice Initiative's three
summits on the Thirteenth Amendment
and 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 & Prison
Industrial Complex
2006 13th Amendment & 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 & Prison
Industrial Complex
2010 Resurrecting Leadership
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 & Ella Baker
2012 Backs, Brains, Bucks & Ballots:
Crafting Indigenous
Controlled Communities
In the Age of Mass Black Urban Removal
2015Collective 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
click on the archive links for each, below.