"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 October 2012 meeting of African Americans for Humanism DC is scheduled for October 27, 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.
The lively discussion at our last meeting showed that there can be a wide difference of opinion on political issues even among secular humanists. So this month’s discussion will be based on two articles found in the October/November 2012 edition of Free Inquiry magazine centered around the question, “Does Secular Humanism have a Political Agenda?” The articles, “Saddle Up, Progressives” written by former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and “Conservatism for Seculars” by Razib Khan address the question from two different perspectives. The online edition of FI with these articles can be found athttp://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=fi&page=index
The print edition of FI has an article written by Dr. Anthony Pinn entitled “What Humanism Might Learn from Hip Hop.” Dr. Pinn, who is a member of the African Americans for Humanism Board has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association. Our congratulations to Dr. Pinn for his achievement. For more information go to http://www.americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2012-10-aha-board-of-directors-election-results
Another AAH board member, Mark Hatcher, was featured in an October 2, 2012 Washington Post article on religious diversity among African Americans here is the link http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/the-other-believers-mark-d-hatcher-a-black-atheist/2012/10/02/684b665c-ed72-11e1-b09d-07d971dee30a_blog.html
Speaking of the Post and AAH Board members, AAH-DC member Jamila Bey wrote a story about how the Taliban’s shooting of a teenage girl, Malala (a cowardly and heinous act) demonstrates the need for secularism. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/10/11/malala-clinging-to-life-after-attack-exemplifies-international-day-of-the-girl-child/
Also AAH-DC member Ben Woods wrote an article that was published in the Black Agenda Report you can find it at http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/black-secularists-and-church
Finally, those of you who missed the BBC Radio report on African American non-believers can still download the pod cast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xvb70
See you on October 27th.
The October 2012 meeting