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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 February 2013 meeting of African Americans for Humanism-DC (AAH-DC) will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013,at the Austin Grill, 750 E Street, N.W., in the Penn Quarter. (One block north of the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro station.). We will be celebrating Black History Month 2013 and the 3rd Annual Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers. This meeting will start at at noon.

The 2013 Black History Month theme is “At the Cross Roads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington”. The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March. For more information about the theme and related events please go to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at http://www.asalh.org

The celebration of a Day of Solidarity is the idea of Donald Wright, the author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go and a member of Humanists of Houston. In an interview in Black Skeptics http://freethoughtblogs.com/blackskeptics/2011/12/20/day-of-solidarity-for-black-non-believers/he said “The idea of a Day of Solidarity occurred as a result of me pondering Black History Month with more focus on black free thinkers and non-believers. I felt that an effort should be given to assemble black non-believers in our local towns and cities eliminating the need for expensive travel. I visualized a special day of observance once a year on the 4th Sunday in February to promote fellowship, share experiences, meet new non-believers, and discuss the lives of black non-believers that our typical history books omit. Also, this could be the opportunity to encourage community activism. The gathering is to be provided with minimum requirements and cost. Two or more people could meet in the park if the weather permits.” The Day of Solidarity celebration recognizes the need to develop personal connections and build community among Black non-believers and to remember and celebrate the lives and courage of Black free thinkers and non-believers both historical and contemporary.

So in keeping with Don’s idea of an informal gathering, the AAH celebration will be an opportunity to meet, eat, drink, talk and listen to each other. The menu and prices can be found at the Austin Grill Penn Quarter’s site http://www.austingrill.com/locationmap/5.html .

Finally, one of our associates, Mandisa Thomas, recently informed us that she will be a featured panelist on an episode of the “In Contact” program in Atlanta. “In Contact” is a half hour news and public affairs talk show that connects, impacts and empowers the African-American community in Atlanta. The show is produced by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), and hosted by Angela Robinson.

The "Faith Tested" episode explores the turning tide of religion in the Black community. More are leaving the church, and there is a rising number of openly identified atheists. On the panel for this episode is Mandisa Thomas (President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc.), Rev. Shanan Jones (associate Pastor of Ebeneezer Baptist Church), and Dr. Philip Dunston (Professor of Religious Studies at Clark Atlanta University).

The first airing of this episode is Sunday, February 10th at 9:00 am on local Public Broadcasting Channel 30 in Atlanta. 2nd airing is February 24th at 9:00 am. More info about the show and the station can be found at:
http://www.pba.org/programming/programs/in_contact/

I hope we get an opportunity to see it. I’m sure it will make great discussion material. I look forward to seeing you at the Austin Grill on the 24th.

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  • Don W.

    Hi folks. I have read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I want to see what data we have about the DC criminal justice system we have. Also Secular people are likely to be precluded from officiating at weddings per DC law. And I am planning a forum for secular people to question the candidates for the April 23 election upcoming. We need to think about what we can do to actually get some changes in DC.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a strong maybe...

    February 6, 2013

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