Next Week in Queens, New York: A Rally for Atheists of Color

***Update***: I screwed up the timing of this post. The event is *next* weekend. My apologies.

Next weekend, in Queens, New York, there’s a huge outdoor rally to celebrate “secularists of color.” It’s called Blackout:

Sponsored by Black Nonbelievers and Black Atheists of America, Blackout was inspired by last year’s Reason Rally:

“We thought it would be a great idea to have a similar event,” [Black Nonbelievers President Mandisa] Thomas told [David Niose] in a recent interview, adding that the Blackout will be a chance to showcase both the growing numbers of secular minorities as well as pro-secular speakers and performers who may not be well known outside the African-American community.

The Blackout is also an opportunity for seculars of color to network and find support, she said, which is especially important for minorities who are faced with heavily religious communities. The idea, she explained, is to “help people understand there is nothing wrong with questioning religion, being open about atheism.”

The event is entirely free (though you’re welcome to donate to their efforts) and begins at noon in Flushing Meadows Park.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Gryphon

    Looks like its next week not today

  • The Other Weirdo

    ‘Blackout”. I like it.

  • Savoy47

    This is significant and a great idea. Once again the face of secular America will be on display and the general public will see that we are just every day people. The religious establishment in the African American community is probably pulling a Perry and praying for rain.

    Someone in the Bible Belt needs to organize the Unbuckled Rally.

  • Sean Sherman

    Looks the post was mis-scheduled to appear a week early.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      *Sigh* You’re right. I’ve updated the post to reflect that. Thanks.


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