A Brighter STAR Art Auction

2019 STAR Membership & Fund Development Drive – 12/3 -12/14

Benefiting the STAR Youth Activist Program & Scholarship

And Professional Support to EJI Remembrance Coalitions

“Sunday Reader” Oil, 16 X 20″ Framed

The auction has ended – thank you to all who support us, especially artist Andrew Shelton and the bidders!


STAR Co-Hosting October 9th Screening of the Racial Truth Documentary “ALWAYS IN SEASON”

You are invited to the theatrical run of Always in Season, winner of the Sundance Jury Prize for Moral Urgency, opening this Friday 10/4 and playing through 10/10 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta. STAR’s co-hosted screening day is 10/9.

Always in Season explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans as it connects with racial violence from the past to the present with the case of a Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African American who was found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014. Lennon’s mother, Claudia, believes he was lynched, and is determined to find answers. Narration is done by Danny Glover, with an appearance by Bryan Stevenson and participation by Sherrylin Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

STAR (Southern Truth And Reconciliation) and community partners will co-host the Wednesday, October 9th, 4:30 pm screening and the short, 30-minute 6:00 pm post-screening Q&A with director Jacqueline Olive at the Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, NE. 

The organizations co-hosting the screening in partnership with STAR will be the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC), the NAACP Dekalb Remembrance Project (DRP)Compassionate AtlantaFaith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, the Shambala Meditation Center of Atlanta, and the Organization to Commemorate Enslaved African Americans (OCEANS). 

All are welcome to join for an engaged conversation around the legacy of lynching and the ongoing work around issues of reparations, healing, and racial justice which will be the theme for this evening. Rev. Trent Frank of STAR, Allison Bantimba of FCRC and The Center, and Dee Smith of DRP will participate in the post-screening Q & A. Teresa Hardy of NAACP Dekalb will be the moderator.

1. STAR has arranged for a %15 group discount for STAR Members and the Partner organizations – CONTACT US VIA EMAIL OF PHONE FOR THE PROMO CODE.

2. But this discount can only be obtained by purchasing your ticket at the box office on the day of the event and giving the Promo Code Phrase to the attendant.

3. You can purchase your tickets directly from the theater online linked below if you choose. 

4.  Either way, please let us know if you plan to attend by Replying to us at this site or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

If you’re not able to join for the 9th, please consider coming to another screening afternoon. 

See showtimes and ticket information here, the tickets are normally $13.00.

Read more about the film and watch the trailer RSVP and invite friends to the Facebook event

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We Absolutely look forward to seeing you!

Last Call: Book Discussion of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” followed by Pilgrimage to Montgomery

Book Discussion of The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Thursday, 5-7pm, July 25, 2019, Cathedral of St. Philip, Walthour Library

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. The discussion will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith.

Cathedral Pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL

Wednesday, 8am – 8pm, August 7, 2019

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

Last call: Please visit the Cathedral’s website to register at:


Space on the bus is nearly full, so register ASAP!

The Cathedral will be chartering a bus to Montgomery, and our first stop in the morning will be the Memorial for Peace and Justice(which is outdoors). More than 4400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynchings. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.

We’ll have lunch and a tour at St. John’s Episcopal Church, then the bus will take us to the Legacy Museum. Located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.

Cathedral clergy and staff will lead the pilgrimage, including liturgies and discussion, to help you process this powerful day.

It will also be a very long day, and will probably not be enjoyable for children. However, it’s a great opportunity for parents to learn more in order to plan a visit later with their children. And, Saturday, October 19 Cathedral Youth and parents, grandparents, and teachers will make the pilgrimage. Watch the Cathedral Youth News for more information!

Please visit the Equal Justice Initiative website to learn more about the Memorial and Legacy Museum https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/.

Last call: Please visit the Cathedral’s website to register at:


Space on the bus is nearly full, so register ASAP!

Contact Jeannie Mahood (jmahood@cathedralATL.org; 404-365-1031) or Canon Cathy Zappa (czappa@cathedralATL.org; 404-365-1043) if you have questions.

6/14/19 at 1:00 – Atlanta History Center Juneteenth Reflection on “A Weeping Time” – The Largest Slave Sale


June 15th at 1:00 – STAR Executive Board Member Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson and his organization OCEANS Inc., will be joined by Kiplyn Primus of WCLK Radio, Clark Atlanta University to share about the Weeping Time slave sale (Savannah, GA., 1859) and the work being done by multiple organizations to commemorate this event and others like it.

Here is link from Atlanta History Center:


Here is the link to WCLK’s promotion:


Summer Book Discussions & Montgomery Pilgrimage

Cathedral Book Discussions & Montgomery Pilgrimage
Summer 2019

The Cathedral of St. Philip
Atlanta, Georgia
June 30 – July 25 – August 7, 2019

June 30
Book Discussion of

Sunday, June 30, 4-6 p.m., Walthour Library, Cathedral of St. Philip
“A powerful true story about the potential for mercy
to redeem us and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

July 25
Book Discussion of

Thursday, July 25, 5-7 p.m., Walthour Library, Cathedral of St. Philip
“An exploration of these emotionally charged symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.”

Both discussions will be led by Cathedral clergy:
Canon Cathy Zappa and the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith
August 7
Pilgrimage to

Wednesday, August 7, 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m.
Montgomery, Alabama
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)


2744 Peachtree Rd. NW Atlanta, GA 30305 | http://www.cathedralATL.org | 404-365-1000

Orlando Coalition of Organizations Brings home Marker for July Perry & Ocoee Race Riot / Massacre

STAR Executive Board Member Curtis Michelson has worked hard with a coalition of many Orlando area leaders and organizations and EJI to make this happen. More Peace and Power to your coalition, the July Perry Family and all people everywhere working to help make the light on these past atrocities bring healing to our present and future.

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