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Our book for January is "A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History" by Jeanne Theoharis From Amazon: The civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. And it is used perniciously in our own times to chastise present-day movements and obscure contemporary injustice. In "A More Beautiful and Terrible History" award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light. “An important illustration of the ways that history is used, or misused, in modern social and political life. Required reading for anyone hoping to understand more about race relations and racism in the United States and highly recommended for all readers interested in 20th-century American history.” – Library Journal “A hard-hitting revisionist history of civil rights activism. . . . An impassioned call for continued efforts for change.” – Kirkus Reviews Snacks will be served.
Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters invites us to consider what we do and do not celebrate and why. In a lively interactive presentation involving live audience polls, she will engage us in a discussion of our participation in various celebrations, religious holidays as secular events and universal life cycle events. Which occasions do secular humanists choose to celebrate throughout the year? In fact, she argues, we need our own humanist calendar of celebratory events. “When we celebrate together our values and philosophy of life, we create a community and affirm our community at the same time,” says Anita, “an important development in building an understanding of secular humanism and what it means to be good without God.” This year she is talking to as many humanists as she can in Connecticut and around the country. We are stop two on her journey to create a secular humanist calendar that encompasses humanism, voices our aspirations, recounts our history and expresses our values. She has submitted an application to be a presenter at the 2019 AHA Convention. Anita Peters has been a Humanist Celebrant since 2014 and is a member of The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC). She is on their Steering Committee, ran their non-fictional book club for five years and has chaired the Programming Committee since 2014. Under her leadership, HFFC introduced highly successful community celebrations for the Winter and Summer solstices. In 2018, the Winter Solstice welcomed a record 60 guests. Celebrations for the past three years have averaged 45 guests. Anita initiated and organized participation in the international Death Café movement with two other Connecticut Humanist Celebrants in 2016. Six Death Cafés in three different cities were held for the secular humanist community in Connecticut.
The March, 1994, proceedings of the fifteenth congress of the World Federation of Humanists was entitled, “Humanism and the Good Life.” “The Good Life” appears seven times in the eighth edition of Corliss Lamont’s classic text, “The Philosophy of Humanism” (https://www.corliss-lamont.org/philos8.pdf). Bertrand Russell is famous for his quote, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” (https://bertrandrussellsociety.org/) Of course, this is a classical concept. Aristotle talks about it in his Treatise on Government. (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/6762/6762-h/6762-h.htm) What are your thoughts on the good life?