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Created on the principle that achieving justice requires both the inner work of individuals examining their own attitudes and biases combined with the outer work of building trusting and respectful relationships that lead toward advocacy and policies for justice, their community building approach served more than 15 communities in Mississippi. Its successes included a historic conviction in a cold civil rights case, in passage and implementation of a statewide law requiring civil rights and human rights history curriculum in all Mississippi schools, plus dozens of other local actions that have improved the quality of life for local citizens. Since then, the model, under Susan and Charles’ leadership, has spread to other locales, including New Orleans, Arkansas, and South Carolina, and has been used to help transform universities and corporate partners. Of special note, Susan and Charles are facilitating the process in a Department of Justice and John Jay College of Criminal Justice-sponsored initiative for six American cities on community trust and public safety with marginalized communities and police departments.