African Americans for Humanism (AAH DC) Monthly Meeting

"The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others." African Americans for Humanism

The next monthly meeting of African Americans for Humanism DC will be held on August 24, 2013 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Latrobe Room at the Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (entrance on 9th St-elevator access available). The Hill Center is located about 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email [masked] in advance of the event. All AAH meetings are free and open to the public.

August 24th marks the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. A march that was dedicated to “Justice and Jobs” August marks the first month since the controversial and racially divisive Trayvon Martin verdict. During August we have also seen the public exposure of the use of racist slurs by celebrity chef Paula Deen and pro-football player Riley Cooper. This month’s meeting will consist of an open discussion on the subject of race, racism and racists. How much progress has really been made by African Americans in the past 50 years? What role (positively or negatively) should race play in public policy and the justice system? Is there a “race card” or a mutual lack of understanding and awareness? What role can rationalism and humanism play in combating racism? I look forward to a lively discussion.

You may recall that last month’s meeting was cancelled because I had planned to attend the Blackout Secular Rally NYC but was unable to do so. For those of you who like me weren’t able to go here is a link to the “Free Thinking Island” website that covered the rally and interviewed some of the participants. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQaB4rSM6dQ&feature=youtu.be

Also on August 1, 2013 several AAH leaders were interviewed by the Huffington Post Live. Here is the link to the pod cast.http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/the-growing-number-of-secular-minorities/51e726b02b8c2a35280001bd

See you on the 24th.

African Americans for Humanism-DC is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-DC. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. For more information about the Center for Inquiry please go to http://www.centerforinquiry.net/about . For more information about African Americans for Humanism please go to http://www.aahumanism.net/

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  • ralphellectual

    Well, I made it to the AAH meeting, and didn't get to the march until it was winding up. For what it's worth, I got to shake hands with MLK III.

    August 26, 2013

  • ralphellectual

    Haven't left yet for the March, but it's evident I won't make it to the AAH meeting in time. I'm really going for the crowd, not the speakers. BTW, I hope you all know about the 1941 March on Washington Movement, initiated by A. Philip Randolph, which was the historical springboard for the civil rights agitation to come, not only in the 1950s, but the 1940s too.

    August 24, 2013

  • ralphellectual

    Still haven't dragged my tired ass out the house, so maybe I'll stop by before heading to the Lincoln Memorial.

    August 24, 2013

  • Phillip

    I RSVP's no but will try to attend if I get an opening.

    August 22, 2013

  • Don W.

    I am told by my significant other that going to the march on Saturday is mandantory. The march events will extend through the meetup time slot. The 8 to 1 differential arrest rate for marijuana in DC hurts African-Americans more than any in US state with the exception of Iowa. I want to support an effort to dismantle this extremely effective force that the system uses to suppress and marginalize minoritities. I regret that I need to change my RSVP to no.

    August 22, 2013

  • ralphellectual

    The 50th anniversary March on Washington begins Saturday morning. Will the march be over before 1 pm? I was at the 30th anniversary march, which was anti-Clinton (our first black president, I'm told) and anti-NAFTA. I had a press pass and stood up on the Lincoln Memorial 10 feet behind Halle Berry (no comment). Anyone else joining the march on Saturday?

    August 22, 2013

  • Lucette S.

    Ernest, I am very sorry that I will miss the Aug. 24 meeting because I find the group so interesting, but Aug. 24 is the date for the commemoration of the March on Washington, and I will be busy helping DSA with their participation. Please say hello to everybody and enjoy your meeting.

    August 12, 2013

  • Ernest R. P.

    Dear AAH Members, I did not includes the link for the Cragun/Cosman Article in FI here it is.
    http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=fi&page=cragun_kosmin_33_4

    July 18, 2013

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