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

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

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

Contact Jeannie Mahood (; 404-365-1031) or Canon Cathy Zappa (; 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 | | 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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Act to Remember Racial Terrorism-FCRC

Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC)

STAR Recognizes and supports the Mission and actions of FCRC and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and we will actively promote their efforts and the efforts of like organizations here in Georgia.

The Fulton County Remembrance Coalition has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative to engage our community in a process of reconciliation with our history of racial terrorism. They are committed to collecting soil at the sites of Fulton County’s 35 documented racial terror lynchings, erecting historical markers, claiming our county’s monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and fostering a lasting dialogue founded on truth and justice.

Join the next meeting:

FCRC Meeting

May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE
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STAR Perspective

We must Recognize and Remember offenses – the victims and the perpetrators – in order to Reconcile their history, their present and their future.  We are committed to this process and all who are sacrificing to make it happen.

Derius Robinson Case

Derius Robinson
Derius Robinson

STAR Intern Veronica Hart interviewed Ms. Vonceia Robinson, mother of imprisoned son, Derius Robinson. Ms. Hart invited Ms. Robinson to share the details and accounts leading up to her son’s imprisonment within the Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County) criminal justice, legal, and judicial system. The interview also entails accounts of abuse reported by Mr. Robinson involving police officials and misconduct throughout various levels of the Chatham County system.


This series of events between Derius Robinson and the Savannah, GA police, as well as other Chatham County officials, took place between May 2016 and May 2018. As of June, 2018, Derius is still locked up without legal representation and continues to be denied bond and release from jail. Ms. Robinson, Derius, his family, friends, and other members of the community consider this to be an unlawful detainment that has exceeded legal limitations and violates his civil rights.

This interview is archived with Story Corps.

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