Donations and Grants
Since our founding in 2003, Southern Truth and Reconciliation has been awarded grants and received donations from individuals, as well as religious and civic groups. In particular we received a start-up grant from Atlanta's (Episcopal) Cathedral of St. Philip followed by a generous community grant from the Allstate Foundation.™ More recently in 2012 we received a major grant from a private donor for the continuation of our work.
Hidden Stories of Rights Denied' Conference
In November 2012 STAR provided funding and logistical support for the "Hidden Stories of Rights Denied" conference in Orlando on the transatlantic slave trade and related racial violence. The conference was cosponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)™ and by the Rosewood Heritage Foundation in Florida. In addition to funding STAR provided consultations and speakers.
Motivation from Past Terror
A second significant factor in the formation of STAR was the spring 2002 opening of the souvenir lynching postcard exhibition at Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The exhibit, titled "Without Sanctuary," documented lynching as a domestic form of terrorism in the United States from the 1880s to the 1940s. The exhibit also featured the history of the anti-lynching movement and the eventual success of multiracial coalitions to reduce racial terror in today's southern communities.