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This collection demonstrates the strong influence that humanism and freethought had in developing the history and ideals of black intellectualism.

Most people are quick to note the profound influence that religion has played in African-American histor … weiterlesen
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Titel: African-American Humanism
Autor/en: Norm R. Allen

ISBN: 0879756586
EAN: 9780879756581
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
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August 1991 - kartoniert - 286 Seiten

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This collection demonstrates the strong influence that humanism and freethought had in developing the history and ideals of black intellectualism.

Most people are quick to note the profound influence that religion has played in African-American history: consoling the downtrodden slave or inspiring the abolitionists, the underground railroad, and the civil rights movement. But few are aware of the role humanism played in shaping the black experience: developing the thought and motivating the actions of powerful African-American intellectuals.

Section One of this book offers biographical sketches of such prominent black humanists as Frederick Douglass, Cheikh Anta Diop, W.E.B. DuBois, Hubert H. Harrison, and Richard Wright.

Section Two features essays by black humanists: Douglass, DuBois, Charles W. Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ishmael Jaffree, Claude McKay, Melvin B. Tolson, and Bruce Wright.

Section Three offers the views of contemporary black African humanists: Freda Amakye Ansah, Emmanuel Kofi Mensah, Nkeonye Otakpor, Franz Vanderpuye, and Kwasi Wiredu.

Section Four contains interviews conducted by Allen on the subjects of black humanist activism, the Afroasiatic roots of classical civilization, and the Harlem Renaissance with: Martin G. Bernal, Charles Faulkner, Leonard Harris, Norman Hill, and Alaine Locke.

Portrait

Norm R. Allen Jr. is a writer and secular humanist activist. On August 31, 1989, Allen founded African Americans for Humanism, the first organization focused on the promotion of humanism and humanist ideals among people of African descent. He was the executive director of the organization from 1991 to 2010 as well as editor of its quarterly, the AAH Examiner. He also edited African American Humanism: An Anthology (1991) and The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion (2003). Allen views secular humanism, a human-centered approach to living drawing upon reason, science, and secular ideals and guided by empathy and compassion, as particularly relevant for African Americans because in the narrative of American history black freethinkers have largely been ignored.

In 1995 Allen wrote a major statement in defense of evolution and against creationism and "intelligent design" for Voices for Evolution, a publication of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). AAH was the only black organization to participate in this project.

Since 1997 Allen has appeared on a number of nationally televised programs including the O'Reilly Factor, BBC News, and C-Span. He has also been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and in other media outlets.

Allen is currently the secretary of the Institute for Science and Human Values and editor of the Institute's journal, The Human Prospect. He also writes a regular column titled "Reasonings" for the Institute's website. Allen is at work on his third book, Secular, Successful and Black, and continues to write numerous articles while traveling the world promoting secular humanism and skepticism.
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