African Americans for Humanism - DC will be celebrating Black History Month 2014 and the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers on Sunday, February 23 2014 beginning at 1:30 pm at the Austin Grill, 750 E Street, N.W., in the Penn Quarter. (One block north of the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro station.) The venue is wheelchair accessible.
The Day of Solidarity is the idea of Donald Wright, the author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go and a member of Humanists of Houston. In a 2011 interview
published in Black Skeptics blog, Donald explained his thinking. “The idea of a Day of Solidarity occurred as a result of me pondering Black History Month with more focus on black free thinkers and non-believers. I felt that an effort should be given to assemble black non-believers in our local towns and cities eliminating the need for expensive travel. I visualized a special day of observance once a year on the 4th Sunday in February to promote fellowship, share experiences, meet new non-believers, and discuss the lives of black non-believers that our typical history books omit. Also, this could be the opportunity to encourage community activism. The gathering is to be provided with minimum requirements and cost. Two or more people could meet in the park if the weather permits.”
The Day of Solidarity celebration recognizes the need to develop personal connections and build community among black non-believers and to remember and celebrate the lives and courage of Black free thinkers and non-believers both historical and contemporary. And in keeping with Don’s idea of an informal gathering, AAH-DC’s celebration will be an opportunity to meet, eat, drink, talk and listen to each other. Please check the Austin Grill Penn Quarter’s official site austingrill.com/pennQuarter for the menu and prices. ·
The 2014 Black History theme is “Civil Rights in America” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information about the theme and related events please go to the pages of the founding organization of Black History Month, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at http://www.asalh.org