African Americans for Humanism will hold a conference at the Center for Inquiry/Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 2010. The office is located at 621 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 20003. The theme of the conference is “New Directions for African American Humanists.”
Speakers will include Campus Field Organizer Debbie Goddard and columnist Sikivu Hutchinson. The event will be hosted by Melody Hensley, director of the Center for Inquiry/Office of Public Policy. Topics will include African American humanists in history, how to attract African Americans to organized humanism, Black women and humanism, the Black clergy’s influence on African Americans, and other subjects.
Registration is $45 for the general public, $35 for Friends of the Center, and $15 for students. To register, e-mail Melody Hensley at mhensley@centerforinquiry.net, or call (202) 546-2332 (Ext. 111).
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Making Humanism Relevant to African Americans
Saturday, July 10, 6:00-11:00 pm
Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Everyone is invited to attend.

$25 suggested donation or whatever you can afford

Register online or mail in registration.

Admission at the door will be on space available basis.

Lunch/Dinner: 3:00 pm

The Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place

1831 North College Avenue, Indianapolis

Reservations required by July 5.

Email indy@centerforinquiry.net for reservations.

The date of this event coincides with the 40th Annual Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis.




African American Humanists Coming Out
Norm Allen, Director, African Americans for Humanism.
Norm R. Allen Jr. is the executive director of African Americans for Humanism and the Director of the Center for Inquiry/Transnational Programs. He has traveled to several countries in Africa to promote secular humanism and skepticism on behalf of the Center for Inquiry. He edits the AAH Examiner, the transnational newsletter of African Americans for Humanism. He has edited two books, African-American Humanism: An Anthology (1991) and The Black Humanist Experience (2003), both published by Prometheus Books. Norm is the executive director of African Americans for Humanism and the Director of the Center for Inquiry/Transnational Programs. He has traveled to several countries in Africa to promote secular humanism and skepticism on behalf of the Center for Inquiry. He edits the AAH Examiner, the transnational newsletter of African Americans for Humanism. He has edited two books, African-American Humanism: An Anthology (1991) and The Black Humanist Experience (2003), both published by Prometheus Books.


Vignettes from My Life--A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Questioning
Gilbert Holmes, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana,
Gil Holmes is a long time board member and now Executive Director of ACLU of Indiana. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, University of Southern California, and the Indiana University School of Law. He has had a distinguished career in both government and the private sector including Commissioner, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and President/CEO of Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo).

Desmond Wood, CFI Indiana Friend of the Center,

Desmond was baptized as a Lutheran but drifted away from the church as he matured. He converted to Islam in 2000. During this time, he traveled to the Middle East and studied Arabic. In 2005, he began to hang out and study with an esoteric group in Indianapolois. After a year with them, he began to study diverse subjects on his own and discovered Center for Inquiry Indiana. He is a serious student of philosophy and religion as well as learning acoustic guitar and writing.



Rod Ross, CFI Indiana Friend of the Center.

Music by well known Indianapolis musicians, the Steve Weakley Group.
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It would be more useful to post new events as separate entries.
More converage of the DC conference on NPR:

Black Atheists Say Non-Belief Means Cultural Outsider
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127239913
or

NPR
For centuries, African-American culture has been significantly influenced by ... director of African Americans for Humanism, which hosted the conference. ...
Thanks. My hands are full this weekend, but I look forward to listening when the smoke clears.
A few photos from the conference:

Norm Allen and Sikivu Hutchinson:



Debbie Goddard discussing Diversity in the Humanist community:



On my way back, I took some photos of the Frederick Douglass museum:


this is his first home his last home is in anacostia. and is a national capital park site

I will be there!!!\

 

whoops this was last year!!!

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