Racial Justice, Restorative Justice and Social Transformation


Dr. Fania D. Davis

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The Social Justice Institute hosts Fania E. Davis, a leading national voice on restorative justice, in a Community Conversation.

Fania E. Davis, a leading national voice on restorative justice, will review Restorative Justice fundamentals and explore present-day critical issues at the intersections of restorative justice, racial justice, and healing.

Watch the livestream here.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, restorative justice practitioner, and educator with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within her a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, anti-racial violence, economic justice and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with African indigenous healers catalyzed Davis' search for a healing justice, ultimately leading her to serve as founding director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth and co-founding board member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, the Black Feminist Shapeshifters and Waymakers’ Award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Jo Baker Human Rights Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. The Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.

Fania, who resides in Oakland, California, writes and speaks internationally on restorative justice, racial justice, truth processes and indigeneity.

Among her publications is the Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Justice, and U.S. Social Transformation.

Lecture Series

Social Justice Law Center

Subject Headings

Racial Justice; Restorative Justice; Social Change


Linsata Alumni Center

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