Voices of Reason—AJ Johnson: Black Gaytheist

Thursday, May 23rd 2013 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 23rd 2013 at 9:00 pm
University Settlement (in Speyer Hall) 184 Eldridge St. at Rivington St.


Black Gaytheist: The Intersection of the Secular Movement and Social Relevance

Intersectionality is the concept that multiple identities come together to create a complex system of oppression (and privilege) within each individual in society. AJ Johnson, founder of Be Secular & former development director of American Atheists, explains why a greater understanding and appreciation of this idea is necessary for the Secular Movement to move forward. Just as conservative political establishments must learn to adapt to the shifting dynamics and demographics of our nation, so too must the Secular Movement.
AJ Johnson is vice president & co-founder of Be Secular., a new business specifically modeled to expand and empower the Secular Movement. Offering 5 years of nonprofit development experience, she serves on the board of Recovering from Religion, as the development adviser for Black Atheists Of America, and offers fundraising advice to other secular groups and projects.

AJ was raised Baptist in the "Bible Belt," a hyper-religious area of the United States. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), gaining valuable leadership experience as a residential advisor (RA) for new students and teaching English to Thai children while studying abroad. Before becoming vice president of Be Secular., AJ served as development director of American Atheists & Assistant Director of Development for Scholarships at UNC.

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This talk will be followed by a reception with wine and light fare.

Open to the public.
Suggested donation: $5 at the door

This event is part of our Voices of Reason lecture series that features leading thinkers on ethics, science, and religion.