21 Years with BI and Countless Lives Touched 


The Haywood Burns Institute announces the retirement of our Founder and President, James Bell. James founded the Haywood Burns Institute in 2001. Named for the late Haywood Burns, a civil rights attorney, professor, husband, friend, and brother, the organization has become a leading voice in the field of youth justice and systems transformation. James will spend 2021 releasing a book and celebrating a lifetime of amazing achievements. James’s spirit, energy and intellect has positioned the BI team to carry his legacy forward and continue the race toward racial justice.

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