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Activity Overview: The percentage of black non-believers in the U.S. is small but increasing. Most have difficulty meeting other black non-believers or finding many who are involved in secular organizations. The internet has made many connections possible; however, the common feelings expressed by black non-believers are those of isolation, loneliness, and alienation. Often the remedy for these feelings is activism. This activism includes diligently searching for and befriending other non-believers, working with as many other non-believers as possible to address social ills, continuing to be educated about the factual world, providing positive expressions for secular ideas through writing and public speaking, and strengthening the secular community by supporting existing organizations as well as creating dynamic new ones. Unfettered activism is captured in the purpose of the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers.Howard

The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers (DoS), held annually on the fourth Sunday in February, must be embraced beyond the events that take place in cities across the nation on that day. It must be used to build genuine communal relationships. It must be used to launch a wave of activism among blacks in America and other people of color as we strive to openly embrace our non-theist status in an ethical and dignified manner. Those that accept this call to activism must garner enough interest to create and support opportunities that will motivate those who have so far remained dormant except for an occasional message via email, Twitter, blogging, or postings on Facebook. This Day of Solidarity event is an effort to bring them out from behind those high tech media devices and other locations that keep them inconspicuous.

Planning Timeframe: While planning time ultimately depends on what event you are going to throw, it is always best to plan ahead and set a date in advance as this is to be an annual occurrence.

Coordination: The goal is not to throw the biggest event in the universe. The goal is to provide a safe haven for black non-believers. You can collaborate with just a couple of people, a group, or a host.

Cooperating Organizations:

  1. Black Atheists of America

  2. African Americans for Humanism (and their facebook)

  3. Black Non Believers Inc.

  4. Black Skeptics Group

  5. Black Freethinkers

  6. Black Freethought

Activities: The day of Solidarity is a growing idea still in infancy. The purpose ultimately is not to put on a huge event but to build friendships, reach out, network and give others the courage to allow them their freedom of expression and ultimately a voice of representation. Anyone who supports this initiative can contact other non-theist individuals, groups, and organizations to plan a gathering with can include many things: dinner, lunch, book or film discussion, speaker presentation, bowling, going to the movies or a park, etc. Simply decide on a time and place.  Publicize the event as widely as possible. Use Facebook, Twitter, GroupSpaces, MeetUp, and other websites. Also consider newspaper and web-based community calendars, issuing local press releases, radio station announcements, and making personal invitations. When your planning is complete, post the details of your event on the DoS Facebook page for the benefit of others that may be looking for an event in your area.

Check out activity packets for awareness tabling & cooperating with religious groups for further ideas on how to spread the word.

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