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About African Americans for Humanism DC

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. Many African Americans have been engulfed by religious irrationality, conned by self-serving "faith healers", and swayed by dogmatic revisionist historians. Many others, however, have escaped the oppression of such delusions, and live happy and upstanding lives free of superstition. African Americans for Humanism (AAH) exists to bring these secular humanists together, to provide a forum for communication, and to facilitate coordinated action. In an irrational world, those who stand for reason must stand together.

The next AAH-DC meeting will be held on Saturday March 23, 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. All AAH meetings are free and open to the public. This meeting’s discussion will center on an article from the March/April 2013 edition of “the Humanist” entitled “Rethinking Drug Policy Assumptions” by Jefferson M. Fish. Thousands of African Americans have become casualties and collateral damage in America’s “War on Drugs” to the extent that many feel that it is instead a “War on African Americans.” Is there a rational and humane way to address the drug problem? The on-line version of “the Humanist” can be found at the American Humanist Association page.

The April 2013 AAH-DC meeting will not be held because of a special symposium sponsored by the Center for Inquiry scheduled for that day, (April 27th). The subject of the symposium is “Why Tolerate Religion?” and it will run from 10AM till 5PM at the Woolly Mammoth Theater 641 “D” D” Street, NW, Washington DC 20004. Speakers include:

Jacques Berlinerblau, Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University; and author of How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom

Caroline Mala Corbin, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; and author of numerous papers on the relationship between church and state

Wendy Kaminer, lawyer and social critic; Advisory Board member, Secular Coalition for America; and author of Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today

Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values, University of Chicago; and author of Why Tolerate Religion?

Ronald A. Lindsay, President and CEO, Center for Inquiry; and author of Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas

Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and co-author of First Freedom First: A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State

John R. Shook, Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Inquiry; Education Coordinator, American Humanist Association; and author of The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers

Registration is $60 for the public, $50 for CFI Friends of the Center (Join here!), and $25 for students

Registration includes:
• Continental breakfast at the venue
• Snacks and refreshments throughout the day
(Attendees will receive a 90 minute lunch break to visit local restaurants)

In conjunction with the Secular Coalition for America, CFI is pleased to offer $50 discounted registration to attendees of SCA's Lobby Day Summit, held April 24-26, 2013 in Washington, DC.
For more information and to register go to

Also from May 17-19, 2013 the Center for Inquiry is sponsoring “Women in Secularism2”, a 3 day conference at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center. Women in Secularism is especially noteworthy because all the speakers are secular women activists, bloggers scientists and authors as speakers. The cost for the 3-day program is $210 beforre March 15th and $249 after. CFI member discounts are available. For more information about the conference and to register go to or call[masked].

I look forward to seeing you on March 23rd.