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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 November 2012 meeting of African Americans for Humanism DC will not be held so that we can participate in the Center for Inquiry DC’s Sixth Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser Dinner on November 17, 2012. The event will be at the Policy Lounge and Restaurant[masked]th Street NW, Washington DC (U Street Metro) from 6PM - 9PM. This promises to be a great evening with good food and fellowship with other humanists and freethinkers.

Among the speakers will be Nathan Phelps, Executive Director of CFI–Calgary, and son of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. Today he is an LGBT advocate and speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse. Ronald Lindsay, President and CEO, Center for Inquiry. Michael De Dora, CFI Director of Public Policy
Melody Hensley, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry–DC

Registration is $55. Premier Seating is $100.
$55 Registration includes a full dinner with:
Choice of Three Entrees (Including Vegetarian Option)
Open Bar with Beer and Wine
Appetizer and Dessert
Unlimited Fountain Drinks and Coffee
Gratuity
$100 Premier Seating includes full dinner and open bar as per above plus:
Reserved Seating and a $45 Tax Deductible Contribution

For more information or to register please go to http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/Calendar?id=103141&view=Detail


Happy Carl Sagan Day! Many Secular Humanists will be celebrating Carl Sagan Day on November 9th. Sagan was mostly known for his award winning PBS series COSMOS that introduced many non scientists to the beauty and mystery of the universe. You can learn more about Carl Sagan’s legacy and download a free Carl Sagan Day poster at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/carlsaganday#posters

Paul Kurtz: In case you missed it, Paul Kurtz, founder of the Center for Inquiry and a leader in modern secular humanist thought and action died recently. Paul was instrumental in the establishment of African Americans for Humanism and his support for and friendship with former AAH Excutive Director Norm Allen sustained AAH for many years. Learn more about the life and work of Paul Kurtz at http://centerforinquiry.net/paul_kurtz_obituary

DC Labor Chorus: One of the people who attended our last meeting is a member of the DC Labor Chorus and she has invited AAH-DC members to attend their annual Concert of Favorite and Sacred Songs also on December 1st at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Admission is free and they have a 7:30 PM performance. Many of the historical black humanists and atheists we admire found support, protection and a cause in the labor and civil rights movements. While the Chorus song list includes religious music there is also a healthy dose of secular and labor movement material as well as many different musical and cultural influences (That is where the “Favorite” part comes in.). I attended a prior performance and found it both entertaining and inspiring. The DC LC is also looking for volunteer singers (especially men) who can devote some time to rehearsing and performing with the group. For more information go to their web site http://http://www.laborheritage.org/?p=579

AAH-DC Next Meeting: The next AAH-DC meeting will be held on December 1, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 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. We will be discussing an editorial written by Ron Lindsey entitled “Religion’s Attraction, Humanism's Challenge” which asks if there is truly a rational way to respond to belief. You can find the editorial at http://secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=fi&page=lindsay_32_1

I hope to see you soon.

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