Christianity and Black Oppression - Class #5

Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 9:30 pm
The Brecht Forum - 451 West St, Manhattan

Class #5: Where do we go from here? :  Towards Developing a Framework for Critical thinking: Humanist values for a new Millennium


Chapters 13-14

Within the Christian religion which pervades black culture and community, black history and culture are marginalized.  The marginalization of black history and culture are salient to the inhibition of black critical thought which is fundamental to the oppression of blacks.  To execute radical change there is the need for not only knowledge of black history and culture, but institutions that promote the heritage of African peoples including the struggle for economic, social, and mental liberation.  Just as how other groups find within their history and culture principles and ethics so blacks can find within their history and culture principle and ethics for daily living and guidance.  Indeed not to do so can only lead to atomization, dissonance, and despair. 


Is knowledge of history and culture effective in bringing about changes?

Do we need black institutions that promote critical thinking?

What contribution can blacks make towards the liberation of all peoples?

Additional Readings:

African American Humanism: an Anthology, edited by Norm Allen, Jr., Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991

The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion, Norm R. Allen, Jr., editor, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Press, 2003

Woodson, Carter G., The Mis-Education of the Negro, Chicago, IL: Images,  2000, c.1933

Wilson, Amos N., Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-first Century, New York, NY: Afrikan World InfoSystems, 1998


This event is not sponsored by Center for Inquiry - New York City.