Freethinkers in the Civil Rights Movement Event in Chicago

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when we appreciate the incredible work and contributions of a Baptist preacher to the Civil Rights movement. There is no question about how much he deserves the adulation and admiration of the American public, but it’s also true that when we learn about the Civil Rights Movement, most of the important and influential movers and actors we learn about are religious people, institutions, and ideas. MLK is an obvious example, but Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, and Jesse Jackson, whatever you think of them, were also heavily influenced by their religious beliefs. There was, in fact, an entire Civil Rights organization based on uniting Christians and churches to fight for civil rights called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

An iconic image of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist preacher, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, an Orthodox rabbi, marching together.

Kimberly Veal, executive director of the Black Nonbelievers of Chicago, will be speaking on Thursday, January 24th, about another side of the story: The Role of Freethinkers and Freethought in the Civil Rights Movement.

If you’re interested in learning about the Civil Rights Movement from a secular perspective — just in time for Black History Month — come down to the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, have some drinks and snacks, and listen to Kimberly enlighten us!

Kimberly Veal, our honored guest

Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Stuart Hall, Room 205. 5835 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Facebook event: Information here!

About chanam

Chana is a fourth year mathematics major at the University of Chicago. She is a vegetarian Jewish atheist feminist, and is thus usually angry about something or other. She also blogs at www.themerelyreal.wordpress.com

  • Jason Robertson

    Wouldn’t miss it!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    sounds awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-OLeary/1313741338 Mark O’Leary

    A. J. Heschel certainly came out of Orthodoxy himself, but at the time of this photo he was actually a leader of the Conservative Jewish movement, and remained so until his death.


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