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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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Latest Activity: Mar 6

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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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JW's

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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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Comment by Harlem Humanists on July 9, 2013 at 8:20pm

Human Rights Activists Defends "Witchcraft" Children: Speaks - July 15th

After almost 4 years of trying, we finally get the chance to host the heroic human rights and child advocate Leo Igwe. Leo will be speaking on July 15th. The program will offer us the chance to hear harrowing challenges and on-going success stories. We'll also have the opportunity to understand our own part in "what's next?". 

 

Who:

Leo Igwe's work covers key areas of interest to us all. He's been doing social justice work for almost 15 years. He'll speak on the link between human rights, civil liberties, health, education and development. The link between skeptical reason, practical activism and social justice is an ongoing project you’re invited to join in. He's in NYC for only one day. Let's turn out to welcome him.

 

Details & RSVP - CFI-NYCFaceBookAtheist Nexus

 

What:

The problems of child abuse, neglect, trafficking and suffering are well known. What is less well known is one of the causes is superstition, irrational tradition and a lack of science-based health care and education. This cripples communities and costs lives.

 

Now there is action that changes lives; rescuing these children from abandonment, stigmatization, mind-numbing abuse, and even murder. They are children (and adults, mostly women, often widows) who’ve been accused of witchcraft and demon possession. They suffer a loss of human rights, human dignity and hope. 

 

Secular Humanist, skeptic and child advocate Leo Igwe is changing things. He has survived slander, harassment by politicians and police, multiple assaults, imprisonment, home invasions and hospitalizing attacks on his family members. His property has been stolen. His father was blinded, losing an eye. He lives under ongoing threats. Yet he continues to risk all and tell the truth for those who's stories would otherwise have no rational witness.  

black(dot)beyond(dot)belief(at)gmail.com. Or 646-820-CFIH (2344)

Comment by Bobbi Cadence on May 8, 2013 at 7:49pm

Hi there! I am new to Atheistnexus, and I am not online much.

I am also on FB, Ravelry, and I have a wordpress-blog.
http://Unitesense.wordpress.com
I do not consider myself a "weak" Atheist simply because I am NOT 100% Sure that God-Gods-Goddess Exist or not. I simply say I don't know, but I live my life according to the "natural laws" of this planet, NOT the bible written thousands of years ago when people "knew" the earth was flat.

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

 

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