A Conversation on Nonbelief in God among Black Americans
Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio (CFINO) is sponsoring a casual conversation on atheism, agnosticism and religious skepticism among Black Americans. Members of the local secular community are invited to share their own experiences and thoughts on this topic.
This event is part of a National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers, as instituted by the organization African Americans for Humanism. From the AAH website:
"Since January 2011, the fourth Sunday in February has been designated as the National Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers. February 22, 2015 will mark the fifth Anniversary of this special and unique celebration to encourage individuals that have chosen to experience life without the influence and practice of a religion to seek fellowship with others, especially black people that are reluctant about openly sharing their non-religious status."
"Black culture in the United States is overwhelmingly awash in religion, primarily Christianity, and black people that are self-identified as atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, skeptics, or freethinkers can feel isolated, lonely, and possibly ostracized by family and friends. A community that shuns the idea of not believing in God and/or Jesus can be difficult for non-believers to navigate. With this in mind, the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers was created and will take place each year on the fourth Sunday in February, Black History Month, and will continue until religion is no longer a dominant voice of American consciousness, especially in the black community. On this day we encourage a conversation to discuss the lives of historical black non-believers and to promote community activism while sharing our personal journey. Each of us has a story to tell."
Light refreshments will be served - see you there!