As autumn draws near in large parts of the country, a plethora of virtual events—that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home—are happening at the American Humanist Association (AHA) and with AHA affiliate/partner organizations. Online events are the perfect place to continuously build humanist communities and grow your understanding of the world around us. Whether it’s an issue you are very well versed in or know nothing about, taking part in conversations is necessary for the development of mutual understanding. If you haven’t planned to attend any of our virtual events yet, we hope you’ll take some time to peruse our fall schedule.
On Saturday, November 6th at 2:30 PM-4:00 PM ET/11:30 AM-1:00 PM PST, the Black Humanist Alliance, with support from the AHA and the Black Skeptics, will be putting on a virtual Black Secular Gen Z Forum. The event features four speakers and a moderator that will discuss various issues and topics pertinent to the Black Gen Z community. Learn more about our speakers here.
The prime focus of the discussion is on the intersection of Black identity, gender politics, LGBTQI+ issues, and secular humanism. How do Black Gen Z secular humanists navigate racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious bigotry in their life and work? Is the American secular humanist “movement” relevant to Black youth? If so, what issues do Black Gen Z youth believe this movement should be focusing on, given the escalation of anti-blackness in American politics and higher education? The forum will begin with a conversation between Black Gen Z youth and then open up the discussion to the participants of the event.
If you haven’t heard of the Black Humanist Alliance (BHA), this is a great opportunity to learn more about the group leading this event. The BHA, an affiliate organization of the AHA, was created to advance the interests of the Black humanist community as well as to serve as an advisory council to the AHA.
The BHA’s mission is to promote humanism that is committed to inclusion, racial justice, and redressing religious hegemony. The group seeks to reduce the marginalization of all Black people while advancing humanist ideals through education, access, and activism.
This event will feature youth from Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ First in the Family Humanist Scholarship program, which has provided support resources for first-generation, foster care, undocumented, LGBTQI+, unhoused, and secular youth of color since 2013. Black Skeptics Group is a community-based, all-volunteer organization committed to promoting the work of African-descent secularists of color. Black Skeptics Los Angeles is committed to promoting the work of black skeptics, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists through community outreach, education, and social justice initiatives.
This event is free and spots are limited. Register today to attend this virtual event.