About Us


In light of the murder of 18 year old Michael Brown Jr in August 2014, the surrounding protests, and the anger it generated throughout the community, St. Louis has become the epicenter for addressing structural change, direct violence, police relationships and racism in our community and throughout the United States.

The Truth Telling Project’s vision for the future is a just, equitable, and sustainable society free of state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism.

We are a not-for-profit organization under the sponsorship of the NEIU Foundation.

“There comes a time in the life of every community when it must look humbly and seriously into its past in order to provide the best possible foundation for moving into a future based on healing and hope.” – The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2006




Mission Statement: The Truth Telling Project implements and sustains grassroots, community-centered truth-telling processes to amplify our voices about police violence and its roots.  We foster coalition-building and solidarity with the most vulnerable communities. We educate ourselves and our allies about systemic violence throughout the United States. We support reparative and restorative justice as the primary pathways for structural transformation.


Goal: The Truth Telling Project seeks to engage the U.S. in stories that galvanize thoughtful, empathetic and educated allies for Black and communities of color.   By encouraging “witnesses” to listen to and reflect on voices “from the margins,” our hope is that more individuals and communities might become interested in ending the structural and militarized violence in the U.S.. We work to help people understand the deep seated institutional racism that allows for police violence to occur, and the pervasive impact that violence has on families and their communities. We ultimately encourage empathy and anti-racist learning among ally communities, and lead people to The Movement for Black Lives and other racial justice organizations as supporters.



· Testimony that exposes the experiences of people and communities that suffer from state sanctioned violence

· Internal education within the organization and external education within communities

· Healing within communities that experience police violence with the hope for broader reconciliation

· Supportive networks for families dealing with police and state sanctioned violence

· Solidarity among and between allies, organizers and educators to engage their community around issues of racial justice to encourage black and P.O.C. led action;

· Collaboration with individuals and groups with related struggles

· Embodiment of our values, such as democratic womanism, queer affirmative, decolonialism, and anti-racist values in our personal and professional practices.





Meet Our Steering Committee


David Ragland, PhD

Pastor Cori Bush

Melinda Salazar, PhD


Mark Lance

Chrissi Jackson


Cris Toffolo, PhD

Mori Hitchcock






Our Advisory Board


· Kristin Famula,  President of National Peace Academy

· Kian Furnace, graduate student in Public Administration and Program Director in School Age Care/Recreation Program in Durham, NC.

· Eduardo Gonzalez , Transitional Justice Practitioner, Former Director of Truth and Memory Unit at International Institute of Transitional Justice

· Rachel Goodman, CUNY Law School Student, TRC practitioner

· Kristine Hendrix, University City, Mo, School Board Member, Ferguson Frontline Activist

· Tiffany McNair, St.Louis, MO, Social Worker

· Palika Makam, ED for Babel Project & Witness.org Human Rights Advocate

· Amanda Munroe, Assistant Director, Georgetown Social Justice

· Anthony Neal, Co-Founder of TTP, CEO of Educational Equity Consultants and ED of Center for Educational Equity

· Lizzie Rodriquez, Coordinator for the Santa Barbara Restorative Community Network

· Arthur Romano, PhD Assist Professor of Conflict Analysis at George Mason University

· Imani M. Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communications at Georgia School of Art and Design,

· Roxanne K. Smith, PhD, University of Illinois, Springfield, Associate Professor of Philosophy

· Christopher Young, Berkeley CA, Assistant Principal at Martin Luther King, Jr, High School

· Jay-Marie Hill, Outreach Coordinator for Itstimetolisten.com




Fiscal Sponsor


Northeastern Illinois University Foundation

5500 N. St. Louis Ave