Join STAR's Reconciliation Movement
What is STAR?
Southern Truth and Reconciliation, Inc.
STAR is a consulting organization that helps restore communities and organizations adversely affected by divisive issues and events, particularly issues involving race matters and a legacy of violence.
Racial Reconciliation Matters!
Especially now, as current tensions and conflicts escalate nationwide, opportunities also increase to work toward healing and restoration, justice and unity.
Crying Out for Restoration in Dallas
Raising hands for Restoration in Charleston
Linking Hands for Restoration in Charleston
MORE ABOUT STAR
Trent Frank, M.Div. Community Organizer, Former Pastor, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel
Theophus 'Thee' Smith, PhD. University faculty and Episcopal church clergy
Co-Founding Board officer:
Andrew Sheldon, PhD. Retired trial consulting attorney with expertise in 1960s civil rights murders
Website and Contact Information
P.O. Box #5925
Atlanta, GA 31107
THE STAR LEGACY
Incorporated in Atlanta since 2003, STAR members were inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). During his residence at Emory University between 1998 and 2000 Tutu repeatedly challenged audiences to learn from and adapt South Africa's TRC's goals to our own interests and issues in the United States.
STAR is historically dedicated to racial healing through the use of truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs) and through the emerging field of restorative justice (RJ).
Such commissions offer alternatives for addressing today's issues--such as hate crimes and social-economic inequities--and are now a defining feature of globalization and national restoration.
Specifically, STAR links local communities, leaders and observers to the emerging development of truth commissions in the U.S. Since the 1980s some 40 truth commissions have occurred worldwide. The 1996-98 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission remains the most familiar TRC, while the Greensboro truth commission remains the only U.S. domestic TRC that approximates the South African model.
STAR is one of the few organizations in North America working to establish truth commissions for our own U.S. domestic issues of social justice, including the legacy of racial-ethnic violence. Restorative justice emphasizes restoration of the larger community, including perpetrators and victims, impacted by human rights violations. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.
ACHIEVMENTS AND AWARDS:
Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot
In 2006 STAR co-organized Atlanta's centennial observance to memorialize the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. The city of Atlanta recognized our conference and other efforts with The PHOENIX AWARD, the city's highest civic honor.
Alliance for Truth & Racial Reconciliation
In 2005 Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR) co-founded the Alliance for Truth & Racial Reconciliation (ATRR) alongside representatives of the Birmingham Pledge and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi in Oxford. This led to the March 2006 "Southern Exposure" conference at Ole Miss and resulted in the historic regional networking of more than twenty participating organizations listed at www.atrr.org . Current STAR partners also include the Hope In the Cities organization in Richmond, VA, now Initiatives of Change (IOC) USA, http://us.iofc.org
Atlanta Friends of the Liberian TRC
In 2008 STAR served among the Atlanta Friends of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), alongside the Carter Presidential Center, Emory University and other university partners, to address the more recent events of Liberia's civil wars, which ran from 1989 to 2003. STAR assisted in the process of statement-taking training and provided other support.
Gathering of Scholars, Activists and Community Organizers
In 2012 STAR provided support for the major conference of the Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation ( www.ATRR.org). Held held in Newnan, GA on the anniversary of the city's notorious Sam Hose lynching, the conference was called, "The Gathering," and provided a weekend of scholarly presentations, grassroots community histories and storytelling, and networking for future collaboration.
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The event was co-sponsored by Bryan Stevenson (a recent celebrity speaker in Atlanta) and his Equal Justice Initiative (EJI at https://eji.org). EJI provided the historical marker that was placed significantly and prominently in front of the town’s city hall.
The first day's events on Oct. 21 featured an elaborate and inspiring "Sankofa" memorial service or liturgy. The liturgy’s featured preacher was the Rev. James Forbes (p. 9 of the bulletin), minister emeritus of historic Riverside Church in New York where Dr. M.L. King, Jr. preached his anti-Vietnam war speech on April 4, 1967 (coincidentally exactly one year before he was assassinated).
By way of 'Womanist' inspiration I also attach a photo of Doria Johnson as ‘winged victory.’ As a descendant of the key figure commemorated in the events of that weekend, Anthony Crawford (1865-1916), Doria was the principal organizer of the event and, beyond commemoration, has gained national attention for her restorative justice activism on these matters. Also she is now a PhD Candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I took the photo myself that day as she spontaneously assumed the pose of winged victory following the unveiling of her ancestor’s historical marker. Amen, Ashe, Salaam, Shalom!
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Peace and Power,