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Our vision is to inspire anti-racism action through art and courageous conversation. Join us as we set the table for racial equity!


In September 2023, Out of Hand Theater, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, and many other community partners will host 1000 people at 100 tables across Atlanta.

Our theme: Better Me. Better We. Better World.

Equitable Dinners Atlanta in September, 2022,  marked the 116th anniversary of the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre – an event in Atlanta’s history that is not widely known.

 This event will brought together people of all backgrounds to have vital conversations on how this history connects to systemic issues today –  and inspire positive action for moving forward together. 

Interested in Participating in the Next
 In-Person Equitable Dinners Event?

You can participate as a:

Click here to find out more and participate as a Guest
You are the alchemy, activating community through meaningful connection.

Click here to find out more and participate as a Facilitator
Facilitators moderate impactful dialogues, helping to keep the conversation on track.

Click here to find out more and participate as a Host
Hosts coordinate the meal, welcome guests, and provide a location for guests to gather.

Click here to find out more and participate as an Actor
Actors perform and share stories deepening empathy and understanding.

IMPORTANT: To create diversity at every table, when you join our network, we ask questions about the race and gender with which YOU identify, and your age range. You will also see a couple of questions about any food or pet allergies. 

*We only use this information to assign you to a table.

Once you join, watch the 'How to RSVP' video.

What makes Equitable Dinners Special?

At each dinner event, neighbors and strangers will:

  • Share a meal
  • Watch a short one-person play
  • Connect in small group facilitated conversation with diverse neighbors and strangers.

Launched by a short one person play, each unique table will share a meal, stories, connect with strangers and neighbors, and be inspired to make a positive difference. A trained facilitator at every table will help participants engage in dialogue with depth, honesty, and mutual respect.  


In August 2019, Out of Hand Theater and Both And Partners organized 120 Decatur Dinners for 1200 attendees across Decatur, in an unprecedented triumph of cooperation among our partners: City of Decatur’s Better Together Advisory Board, City Schools of Decatur, Decatur Housing Authority, Decatur Education Foundation, Beacon Hill (formerly Decatur NAACP), and dozens of churches and community groups.



The National Center for Civil and Human Rights believes in justice and dignity for all – and the power of people to make this real. We inspire visitors and our other audiences with immersive exhibitions, dynamic events and conversations, and engagement and education/training programs.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened in 2014, is a museum and human rights organization in Atlanta that inspires people to tap their own power to change the world around them. The Center’s iconic exhibitions feature the papers and artifacts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the history of the US civil rights movement; and stories from the for human rights around the world today.

Out of Hand Theater was started in 2001 to create a new kind of theater. We wanted to create a theater that reaches new audiences and meets people where they are. 

Out of Hand works at the intersection of art, social justice, and community engagement. We spark conversations to build a better world by using the tools of theater to support and enhance the work of community partners. 


Equitable Dinners is a collaboration between Out of Hand Theater and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, The King Center, and Partnership for Southern Equity, among others. Equitable Dinners is a free monthly series geared towards community learning. Equitable Dinners inspires Anti-Racism action through art and courageous conversation.

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