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African Americans for Humanism DC (AAH DC) Pages

In April 2010, the Center for Inquiry–DC (CFI–DC) and African Americans for Humanism (AAH) co-sponsored the largest known conference of African American humanists and non-theists. Many of the participants were not aware that so many other African Americans shared their views about science, religion and critical thinking. Since belief in religion is highly prevalent in the Black community, there is little understanding or support for the African American humanist, religious skeptic or non-theists. African Americans who become skeptics, humanists and freethinkers generally do so without familial or institutional support. The AAH conference demonstrated the need to build local African American humanist communities by reaching out, sharing information, resources and experiences and by providing the personal support and understanding that the believing community cannot provide.

Pursuant to the convention, African Americans for Humanism DC (AAH DC) was formed as part of CFI–DC, an affiliate of the Council for Secular Humanism. AAH DC is also a Friend of the DC Coalition of Reason. Our goal is to build an African American humanist community by helping African Americans (and other minorities) to embrace critical thinking and a non-mythic world view, by encouraging and supporting the efforts of African Americans humanists and free thinkers to work together to have a greater impact in the DC Metro area, and by promoting the participation of more African Americans in the world secular humanist community.

AAH DC, in coordination with Center for Inquiry–DC (CFI–DC) sponsors or participates in activities or events designed to:

  • Promote critical thinking, free thought and the knowledge of and respect for science and reason among African Americans.
  • Promote an appreciation for the lives and work of the great African American humanists, free thinkers and skeptics of the past.
  • Use the resources, programs and assistance available through CFI, its affiliated organizations, and other qualified, reliable sources to provide the African American community with accurate information about humanism, secularism, the varieties of belief and other relevant subjects.
  • Provide non-judgmental support for those who question their faith or their beliefs.
  • Support the work of secular student groups at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
  • Build working relationships, networks and provide support to other AAH Chapters and to secular humanist organizations inside and outside of CFI.
  • Provide a secular, humanist, African American voice and perspective to the local, national and international public policy debate as it impacts the African American and other communities.

AAH DC meetings are normally held on the fourth Saturday of each month in The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003. The Center is about 1 1/2 blocks West of the Eastern Market Metro Staton. All meetings are open to the public and all viewpoints and perspectives are welcome. Discussion topics and other group activities will be published on the AAH DC Meet Up site as well as via email or Facebook notifications from CFI-DC. Group members are encouraged to suggest topics and activities and may also use the AAH DC Meet Up page to pass along information about non-AAH or CFI events or activities that are consistent with CFI–DC/AAH DC’s stated purpose.

About the Center for Inquiry: The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. The Center for Inquiry is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity in the United States. Some international affiliates either have obtained or are seeking charitable status in their respective countries. The Center for Inquiry does not promote any political party or political ideology. For more information about the Center please go to

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Policy of CFI on Hostile Conduct and Harassment August 6, 2012 11:45 AM Center for Inquiry D.
About African Americans for Humanism DC (AAH DC) August 24, 2012 12:10 PM Ernest R. P.

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