OneRace Movement: A United Church Can Heal Racial Divisions | 8/28/1963 | Staff
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Stone Mountain rises 825 feet above the suburban Atlanta landscape, a towering symbol of the area's divisive racial history.

There are two Stone Mountains. One is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Georgia, drawing about 4 million guests a year, many of them oblivious to the controversy, for a variety of family activities.

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The other, described as a "Confederate Mount Rushmore," has huge carvings of President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on its face. Stone Mountain also has a history of Ku Klux Klan activity, beginning in 1915 when a small group of white men climbed the mountain and lit a flaming cross to mark the rebirth of the Klan, after it was largely stamped out in the late 19th century.

Stone Mountain remains a symbol of controversy and division today. Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp recently tweeted, "As governor, I will protect Stone Mountain and historical monuments in Georgia from the radical left. We should learn from the past – not attempt to rewrite it."

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His opponent, Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, has called for the removal of the Confederate carving from the face of the mountain, calling it "a blight on our state."

So Stone Mountain is a perfect place to begin to bring down racism. On August 25, black and white Christians from the Atlanta area and around the Southeast will write a new chapter in the history of the mountain.

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As part of an event called OneRace Stone Mountain, they will climb the mountain and erect a cross. This time, it will be a symbol of reconciliation and love instead of division and hate.

OneRace Stone Mountain will draw from the imagery Dr. Martin Luther King used in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech almost 55 years ago to the day.


On August 28, 1963, he spoke to a...
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