In a global climate in which the criminalization and economic disenfranchisement of people of color of all genders and sexualities has become more acute, what role can secular humanism play in communities of color in the U.S.?
Last year’s Moving Social Justice conference featured an incredible array of activists, organizers and educators from the secular and social justice communities. Building on that momentum , the 2015 MSJ conference will be held October 10th and 11th at Rice University in Houston, Texas. MSJ is the first annual social justice conference dedicated to addressing the lived experiences, cultural context, shared struggle and social history of secular humanist people of color and their allies. This year’s conference will focus on topics such as economic justice, the Black Lives Matter movement, women of color beyond faith, LGBTQ atheists of color, African American Humanist traditions in hip hop, the crisis of New Atheism and much more.
The conference is sponsored by the People of Color Beyond Faith Network, Black Skeptics Group, Houston Black Non-Believers, Black Freethinkers, the American Humanist Association and African Americans for Humanism.
Confirmed speakers include (with more to come):
- Maggie Ardiente, development director, American Humanist Association
- Jamila Bey, commentator and journalist
- Soraya Chemaly, writer, The Huffington Post & Alternet
- Debbie Goddard, African Americans for Humanism
- Sikivu Hutchinson, Black Skeptics Los Angeles
- Sincere T. Kirabo, Regional Director for American Atheists
- Monica Miller, LeHigh University
- Daniel Myatt, Black Skeptics Los Angeles
- Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Political scientist and author of the 2010 U.S. Latino Religious Identification survey
- Anthony Pinn, Religious Studies, Rice University
- Raina Rhoades, Black Freethinkers Network
- Jenn Taylor, Black Atheists of Philadelphia
- Kimberly Veal, Black Freethinkers Network & Black Skeptics Chicago
- Donald Wright, Houston Black Non-Believers