Think. Move. Connect.

We're committed to the study and practice of civil rights, human rights, and racial justice law and advocacy.

We seek to obtain the goal of racial justice by using a human rights framework and a social movement centered approach.

Howard University School of Law
Notre Dame Hall, Room 107
Washington, D.C. 20059


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We believe that:

  • Real, lasting social change requires collaboration between law, organizing, and research in service of community-led movements.
  • In order to effectively fight for our people we must think globally and act locally.
  • All communities should be freed from the systemic racism that undermines freedom and equal justice in our country.

TMC at Work

Justice For Marcus Garvey Campaign

Join the campaign to exonerate 20th century organizer, Marcus Garvey, and learn about our efforts in the contemporary Black liberation movement

Learn more about the Justice for Garvey campaign

Harvard Law - Howard Law Justice Initiative Continues

Howard Law Justice Initiative Continues

Learn more about the Systemic Justice Project

CRT Hotline

We have joined the #TruthBeTold campaign to form the Critical Race Theory (CRT) Hotline.

Learn more about the CRT Hotline

International Tribunal

Students helped file an indictment in a people's tribunal marking the 70th Anniversary of the We Charge Genocide Human Rights Report co-authored by W.E.B. Du Bois. 

Tribunal 2021

Amicus Brief for Sundiata Acoli

The Center along with students at the Movement Lawyering Clinic filed an amicus brief in support of Black political activist and political prisoner Sundiata Acoli.

Learn more about Sundiata Acoli

Banning the Caged Bird: Prison Book Censorship Across America

Read the Prison Censorship Report

Impact of Segregation - Research Study for Evanston

Read about our work on Reparations

Reparations 2021 - AARN Project Update

Learn More About Our Work with Descendant Communities

Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Learn About the UN Resolution

COVID-19 Report

Read the Report

Challenge to Curfews Imposed by D.C. Mayor

Read More About Our Support of Protesters

Amicus Brief on First Step Act

Read About the First Step Act

Amicus Brief on 2016 Dakota Pipeline Demonstration

Learn About the Case

Supported the passage of the Mike Brown Bill

Read more about this legislation

McKesson Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court

Read more about the McKesson Brief

Head, Hands, Heart

Head Hands Heart Graphic

We seek to obtain the goal of racial justice by using a human rights framework and a social movement centered approach. We use our heads, our hands, and our hearts to make a difference:

  • engaged research when fighting the battle of ideas in the ivory tower;
  • movement lawyering when fighting for our rights in the courts, the Congress, and other halls of power; and
  • community organizing when fighting to build power in the communities where our people live out their lives.

With commitments in the ivory tower, courthouse, Congress, and the community, we hope to serve as a connector that bring out the best in both worlds, all in the service of the movement.

Educators Legal Hotline: 202-250-5403

We invite educators under threat to contact us for confidential assistance.

Learn about the Hotline

Become a Center Fellow

We are building a dream team of lawyers, legal scholars and advocates who are committed to social justice, human rights and civil rights, including:

1) Law Teaching Fellow, a dynamic legal professional with a passion and interest in participating in litigation of a constitutional magnitude affecting civil and human rights. An ideal candidate also has an interest in entering the legal academy as a tenure-track law professor.

2) EJC/TCI Staff Attorney, an experienced litigator who understands the intersection of the first amendment and environmental justice. An ideal candidate will have experience with protest rights and familiarity with environmental issues, particularly as it relates to the Black community.

3) Social Justice Fellow, an experienced researcher with a background in education or educational policy as well as social justice.

Howard alumni are encouraged to apply!

Join Our Team

In the News

May 17, 2022

What is 'great replacement theory'? - WTOP


May 17, 2022

After Raising $90 Million in 2020, Black Lives Matter Has $42 Million in Assets - The New York Times

The New York Times

May 09, 2022

Black Lives Matter's Patrisse Cullors denies wrongdoing - Florida Politics

Florida Politics

May 09, 2022

The AP Interview: BLM's Patrisse Cullors denies wrongdoing - Argus Press

Argus Press

April 18, 2022

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center Justin Hansford, Join Donna Brazile for Howard University King Lecture Series - The Dig

The Dig

April 18, 2022

Howard Law Professor Justin Hansford Brings Reparations and Racial Justice to the International Stage - The Dig

The Dig

April 04, 2022

Outcomes at the 49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council - US Embassy and Consulate in Poland

US Embassy and Consulate in Poland

March 31, 2022

Congressman Cohen Presides at Hearing on Qualified Immunity - Congressman Steve Cohen

Congressman Steve Cohen

March 31, 2022

Around Amherst: Family helps council raise Ukrainian flag at Town Hall - GazetteNET


March 30, 2022

How Black American activism inspired the United Nations’ recent fight for racial justice - TheGrio


March 22, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson Faces GOP Attacks on Race and Crime - The New York Times

The New York Times

March 07, 2022

Fighting back against CRT panic: Educators organize around the threat to academic freedom - Salon


February 25, 2022

Trayvon Martin's death, Black Lives Matter and the activism that shaped a decade - The Washington Post

The Washington Post

February 23, 2022

Hate crimes, Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, and why motive matters - The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor

February 19, 2022

Some on the right have first Black woman justice's qualifications under a microscope. It's not a new strategy. - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe