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Black Freethought

This is a group for ALL interested in the subject of black atheism, freethought, & humanism. "Black" pertains to all people of African descent.

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Welcome

The photo displayed is of Harlem soapbox orator, agitator, popular educator, & atheist Hubert Henry Harrison.

Documentation of black atheism, freethought, & humanism on the web can be found in my atheist web guide.

See also my working bibliography.

I also have a general interest blog, Reason & Society.

Some of you may also be interested in some of my other projects, e.g. The Autodidact Project, my Studies in a Dying Culture (blog), and my Emergence blog. You can also listen to my podcasts: my Internet radio show is called "Studies in a Dying Culture," hosted by Think Twice Radio.

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Prayer? Prayers do not come true!!

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New book about prominent black intellectuals

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Black History Month: The Lesson We have Missed

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The Buddha was Black (and Bald)

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William R. Jones, Jr., author of 'Is God a White Racist?', dies

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Black Atheists of Atlanta

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Crystallis: From March Madness to April Anarchy

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Anyone go to the Reason Rally

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Comment by Gerard R.Johnson on May 6, 2013 at 12:24pm

Happy birthday Hubert Henry Harrison.

Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 27, 2013 at 11:13am

Greetings. I have been away for some time, preoccupied with other matters. But I am signing in today to commemorate Hubert Harrison's 130th birthday. For more information, see my blog: http://reasonsociety.blogspot.com/2013/04/hubert-harrisons-130th-bi...

Comment by Darrell Smith on March 26, 2013 at 9:05am
Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 18, 2013 at 2:45pm

Greetings. I haven't checked in for a long time.  I've been preoccupied with personal and other intellectual matters. I see that we have now topped 500 members. There is so much going on in the realm of black freethought that I have not had time to update my web guide or keep up with it all. How things have changed since I first founded this group. Did any of you participate in last month's Day of Solidarity for black freethinkers?

Comment by Harlem Humanists on March 8, 2013 at 5:10pm

"Christianity & Black Oppression" this Sunday March 10th.
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (Between Bank and Bethune)
New York, NY 10014 
MARCH 10TH 2013, 2:30 PM (THIS SUNDAY)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL PROGRAM WAS RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE STORM
Christianity and Black Oppression:
Duppy Know Who Fe Frighten
Zay D Green
Christianity and Black Oppression: Duppy Know Who Fe Frighten presents the argument: How is it that Blacks have been Christianized for more than four hundred years and yet Blacks are stereotyped as morally and mentally inferior.  At the very first encounter between Europeans and Africans, Africans were perceived as “pagan”, “heathen”, “devil worshippers”.  The tool that would transform Africans, it was postulated, would be the Christian religion.  In spite of over four centuries of Christianity, the perception of Blacks as morally and mentally inferior has not changed.  Blacks, it would appear, carry a stigma that is genetic and therefore can be transmitted.  Christianity and Black Oppression: Duppy Know Who Fe Frighten also addresses the issue as to why there has not been a radical change in the perception of Blacks in spite of centuries of Blacks’ investment of an inordinate amount of time, energy, and money in the Christian religion.  Blacks were forced to surrender their African world view and adopt a Christian European dominated world view.  Black history and culture are marginalized, and at times demonized, within Christianity and this is transmitted to other areas of the lives of Blacks.  Indeed in this work, a comparison is made between the Dalits of India who are ostracized within the Hindu religion and Blacks who share the commonality of oppression that is based on a stigma that is supposedly genetic.  In the light of the fact that Christianity is considered to be an egalitarian religion, with a God who is benevolent and who intervenes in peoples’ lives and the reality of black oppression, the question then arises as to whether blacks are subjected to “divine racism.”
Zay D. Green is currently a High School Mathematics teacher. She was also a Librarian for many years. After attending Wolmer’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica where she grew up, Ms Green pursued a Bachelor’s Degree and a Diploma in Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Ms. Green also holds the M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University, New York and the M.L.S. degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Call us with any questions at 646-820-CFIH (2344)
Comment by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on February 23, 2013 at 8:45am

Here is my February essay. I reflect on an aspect of the Black History. I hope you enjoy it. Feel Free to leave comment. Your comments are welcome.... http://spiceislandatheist.blogspot.com/2013/02/black-history-month-...

Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 21, 2013 at 2:39pm

2013 Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Belivers

The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers (DoS) is held annually on the final weekend in February. Nonbelievers use this day as an opportunity to build genuine communal relationships and launch a wave of activism among non-theists of color. The DoS event is also an effort to bring out closeted nonbelievers and let them know that they are not alone.

 

The event is Free and open to the public.  ALL are Welcome.

 

Rio II Art Gallery

7th Floor (Main Exhibition Space)

583 Riverside Dr.

Harlem, NY 10030

137th Street “City College” Stop on #1 Train

1pm - 4pm

Sunday, Feb’ 24th 2013

Try to RSVP MeeUp CFI-NYC or Richie's List 

 

Light Refreshments and Snacks will be served.

 

Program 

Ayanna Watson of Black Atheists of America has sparked a project focusing on the diversity of careers within the secular community. The project includes photographic portraits and some personal testimony about work experience, passion and aspiration.

Ayanna will introduce some of the project’s participants. There will be the chance to ask questions and share stories, including your own. 

 

Seon M. LewisThe Spice Island Atheist and one of the voices of Caribbean Atheists, is a consistent Harlem Community member many of us know from his sharp observations, broad knowledge and warm easygoing style. He recently completed the book “From Mythology to Reality: Moving Beyond Rastafari”. His liberating intellectual journey from theism, through mystical Afrocentrism, to reasoned non-theism is one of following the evidence to where it leads. 

Seon will share how he came to write his book, which challenges  pseudo-history and false assumptions about a vital resistance culture. It also looks at how an inspiring rebel community can fall pray to sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. The way he respectfully engages family and community in a conversation about mythology and fiction vs. reality and facts is an informative one. How to be Afrocentric without drowning in the dogma of Afrocentrism, or any “...ism” including our own, is part of what he’ll share. 


Sponsored by - Center for Inquiry - New York City, Black Atheists of America, African Americans for Humanism, CFI-Harlem & Harlem Humanists.

 

Dinner afterwards at local Restaurant -TBA

 

After Event Entertainment - "The Vagina Monologues"  to benefit 'Sanctuary for Families'.  6pm at All Souls Unitarian Church

E-mail - black(dot)beyond(dot)belief(at)gmail.com for more info and updates. Or call 646-820-CFIH (2344)

Comment by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 11, 2012 at 7:51am

Hey you guys in reason. Being from the Caribbean there are many things were are misinformed about because of limited information. Rastafarianism is one of them. I have took it upon myself to provide some information on the movement to family members all others who are interested in the movement, within a nonbelievers context. A book is the result. Check it out and support...

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Seon

Comment by Harlem Humanists on August 22, 2012 at 3:47pm

Mind Food & "Soul Food" 

Our monthly discussion meeting.

Our discussion theme this month is Activist Humanism. And vice versa. We'll be joined for the first part of our meeting by long time Harlem secularist and activist Nellie Hester Bailey. Then she'll leave us to go downtown and literally continue her activism; and we'll turn our attention to the potentials for action we can see locally, nationally and internationally. 

We'll also look at new stories for the "This redefines delusion - Bat-$h#t Crazy - file". Bring you're own recent news items. 

RSVP - CFI-Meet Up or Richies List

Harlem USA

646-820-CFIH (2344)

What?

We define ourselves as a skeptical and critical community. Critical thinking and skeptical inquiry guide our approach to understanding the world and, hopefully, even ourselves. 

 

Many who claim a Natural(ist), Rational(ist), Secular(ist) and Human(ist)-centered worldview find ourselves with the challenge of how to live and create our vision of society, guided by open curiosity, reason, science and - yes! - also creative inspiration, imagination, humor and awe. 

 

Many  - but not all of us - are motivated by the questions: 

 

  • Do we have an ethical obligation to step out of mere self-satisfaction and into action?
  • How do we live our humanism through activism? What are the practical obstacles, advantages and disadvantages?
  • How do we use our tools for testing, thinking and creating sustainable solutions to deliver progress, excellence and justice? 

 

Who?

Joining us in our discussion about putting humanist values to work is Nellie Hester Bailey.  She's a long-time Harlemite. More importantly, she's a thinker, organizer and communitarian, in the tradition of Hubert Harrison and other humanists who laid the ground work before the Harlem Renaissance and since. Nellie's legacy begins with co-founding the Harlem Tenants Council in 1994. This has been a national and international model for tenant-led housing justice. 

 

For her community-based efforts she's been awarded the Alston Bannerman Fellowship in 2001; the Union Square Award for Grassroots Activists in 2001; and a 2005 Proclamation from the New York City Council for services rendered to indigent tenants in all boroughs.

 

Her local work has global reach. Nellie Bailey was an International Election Observer in the first South African free elections in 1994; a delegate at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995; and led a Harlem delegation to the 1996 UN Conference on Human Habitat II in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

She is also currently one of the guiding forces behind Occupy Harlem. Broadcasting from our own back yard, Ms. Bailey hosts the weekly radio program "Inside Housing" on WHCR 90.3 FM Radio in Harlem.

 

Nellie Hester Bailey will share the link between her own secular humanist and activist histories. This will be the jumping off point for us to explore similar potential connections in our own lives.

 

Join Us!

Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 4, 2012 at 6:15pm
Ralph reminded me what reading does for human beings. We often take it for granted that everyone reads and that they read books that enrich the mind, but that is not the case. Thanks for sharing the knowledge or where to acquire it. I enjoy coming here because the overwhelming majority are well read which provides multiple opportunities for me and others to expand our thoughts. Number 500 coming up!
 

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