Celebrate African American Humanists During Black History Month!

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For Black History Month, we're sharing posts and articles about some of the Black humanists, freethinkers, and nonbelievers who have played a notable role in Black history. Learn more from AAH's Historic Black Humanists page—and spread the word!



  • Carter G. Woodson, called the "father of Black history," proposed Negro History Week in 1926. This evolved into Black History Month in 1976.
  • James Baldwin was a noted novelist, essayist, and poet who who made tremendous contributions to literature with powerful commentary on race and sexuality. He said, “If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of him."
  • Zora Neale Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God and many other works. She questioned the Baptist Church and the role of religion from a young age.

  • A. Philip Randolph was a civil rights organizer and activist who was one of the architects of the March on Washington in 1963. He and fellow organizer and humanist Chandler Owen started The Messenger, a socialist journal critical of religion, in 1917. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1970 and signed the Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.

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