Ellery Schempp’s Speaking Tour in Virginia/Washington D.C.

Dr. Ellery Schempp is the man who, as a boy, played a major role in getting forced prayer out of public schools. As I’ve mentioned before, he’s a freethought hero, if ever there was one.

He’s going on a speaking tour in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area in a couple weeks. All the events are free and open to the public. If you get a chance to hear him, go! You won’t regret it.

A nicely formatted schedule of events is below (click to enlarge) and the list of stops is right below that.


SATURDAY, March 28
Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)

Lynchburg Area Secular Humanists

SUNDAY, March 29
First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg

MONDAY, March 30
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) (Capacity = 240)

TUESDAY, March 31
Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association (Capacity = 25, RSVP required)

College of William & Mary

American University (AU) (Capacity = 300)

George Mason University (GMU) (Capacity = 60)

SUNDAY, April 5
Beltway Atheists (RSVP required)

MONDAY, April 6
The George Washington University (GW) (Capacity = 450)

(Thanks to Shelley for the info!)

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  • Wow, an atheist in Virginia. Stop the presses!!! Get your children inside!!!

    Perhaps I’ll go to the Virginia Commonwealth University talk since its not that far from me…. 🙂

  • awesome. if people want to pray in schools, i’m not going to stop them. but to force everybody isn’t right, nice job on his part

  • Nice. It almost makes me wish I still lived in Lynchburg…almost.

  • Ellery Schempp is a living legend who I am so proud to know personally. I’ve heard him speak and he is just fantastic. Do not miss this opportunity to hear him.

  • marfita

    In the late 1960s, Bible readings were still going on in my 7th grade homeroom. And not just the Bible in general, but the New Testament in particular, although there were Jewish students in that homeroom. I still regret that I merely tried to weasel out of my turn to read (citing my Jewish classmates having to listen to it and then my belief that this was against the law) and then caved to the lightest of pressure from the teacher (whose husband was a Baptist minister) when she smilingly said, “It will just be our secret.”
    A fat lot of good that did, as I am now an atheist.

  • very nice. I would like to see this