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Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

Going Godless: Black Feminism, Humanism, and Anti-Racism

Going Godless: Black Feminism, Humanism, and Anti-Racism

With Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

“Going Godless” will examine this history vis-à-vis the emergence of Black feminist humanist perspectives in the American secular humanist and atheist movements. For example, how have Black women humanists and atheists drawn on the feminist/womanist legacy of writers and thinkers like Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Walker, and Nella Larsen? How are they challenging the traditional church/state separation agenda of the mainstream atheist/humanist movements? And what intersectional issues inform a Black feminist humanist political agenda as racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequality intensifies in the U.S.?

Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson is an American feminist, novelist, playwright and director. She is the author of White Nights, Black Paradise (2015), Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (2013), Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (2011). In 2020, she was named Harvard Humanist of the Year.

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