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Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers

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The Day of Solidarity takes place annually on the last Sunday in February. The next one falls on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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.

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.Howard

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 page)

  3. Black Non Believers Inc.

  4. Black Skeptics Group

  5. Black Freethinkers

  6. Black Freethought

Activities:

Consider meeting as a group to discuss the following videos and articles:

Other activities you might consider on this day are:

  • Bringing in a speaker who specializes in issues that disproportionally affect the African American community. You can check out our own Speakers Bureau, or reach out to professors on your campus or those in your community.
  • Reach out to any local off-campus secular organizations and work with them to participate in an event.
  • Check out activity packets for awareness tabling & cooperating with religious groups for further ideas on how to spread the word.

Promotion:
You'll want to be sure you've reached out to all interested organizations and individuals. Do some research and make a list, then send emails or attend meetings to make connections. Let your group members know about your event by using your group email list.

For press release guidance, see our in-depth Press Release Resource.


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