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, or call (202) 546-2332 (Ext. 111).

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I am definitely looking into attending this event.

Here is a google map of the location at 621 Pennsylvania Ave. It looks like it's close to a subway stop.
Union Station (Amtrak) is about 2.5 miles from the CFI Building
Google map

(Mistake, it was about 1 mile, not 2. Pleasant walk on a nice day)
My apologies for not keeping up with this group for the past few weeks. The closest subway stop is Eastern Market on the blue/orange lines, less than a block away, but you can walk from Union Station if you don't mind a hike. All this is obvious on the map, of course.
This converence will be discussed by the guest on "the Infidel Guy" program this Thursday, March 4 at 8 PM EST.
Conference Speakers and Topics:

Why it is Time for African American Humanists to Come Out of the Closet
Presenter: Norm Allen

Mission for the Black Clergy and Community Uplift Organizations: The Making of a “New” Christianity
Presenter: Christopher Bell

Spare the Rod, Save Your Child
Presenter: Jamila Bey

Diversity in the Humanist Community: Where do we go from here?
Presenter: Debbie Goddard

This Far by Faith? Race Traitors, Gender Apostates and the Atheism Question
Presenter: Sikivu Hutchinson

More at
The location of the conference is one half block from the Eastern Market Metro station ( Blue and Orange lines)

From Union Station, one could walk 2 miles across Capitol Hill or take the Red line to METRO CENTER and transfer to either the Blue or Orange line to go to Eastern Market station..

There are still spaces left to register for this conference.

Do you know what the building looks like? I couldn't find a picture at the CFI website. In Google street view there seems to be an art gallery at the 621 PA Ave. location.
That is the right building, The Earth Day display is the CFI window. This picture is old and the display has changed The CFI space is on the ground foor of this building. 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE., Wasshington, DC .
I didn't realize there's also an Event page
I didn't attend the conference, but I showed up for the happy hour and had a great time. I'll be interested in detailed reports of the conference itself.


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