NAACP DeKalb’s “A Journey of Remembrance & Reconciliation”


September 18, 2019

On Wednesday evening, September 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the DeKalb History Center (the old DeKalb County Courthouse), there will be an Interfaith Service to kick off a six-month “Journey of Remembrance & Reconciliation.”  The event will be jointly sponsored by NAACP DeKalb, Compassionate Atlanta, Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, Southern Truth & Reconciliation, and the DeKalb History Center.

Beginning in Fall 2019 and continuing into Spring 2020, the NAACP of DeKalb will hold a series of programs and events, recognizing and memorializing the victims of lynching in DeKalb County.  In conjunction with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), “A Journey of Remembrance & Reconciliation” is part of a campaign to collect soil from lynching sites, erect historical markers, and create a national memorial that acknowledges in a concrete way the horrors of racial injustice.

The Interfaith Service will include the participation of a broad segment of our community.  Dee Smith, Head of NAACP DeKalb’s Remembrance Project; Briana Barnett, SGA President at Agnes Scott College; and Trent Frank, Executive Director of Southern Truth & Reconciliation, are among the featured speakers.  Elizabeth Wilson, former Mayor of the City of Decatur—the first woman and, to date, the only African American to hold that position—will lead us in affirming our commitment to the future.

A Community Choir, made up of singers from Oakhurst Baptist Church, Congregation Bet Haverim, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, OurSong, and Agnes Scott College, will perform Jane Wilburn Sapp’s “Ain’t You Got a Right,” with the composer at the piano. 

We hope you will join us as we begin to address the hard truths of our history and move with love and faith into the future.  For more information about the September 18 event, contact Karen Bryant Shipp (karen@oakhurstbaptist.org; 404-378-3677, x228).