If it has not been said enough already, Happy New Year! I hope that your 2023 is off to a wonderful start, even as we weave through the tense climate in the world today.
January is a month that is monumental, with the annual celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and National Religious Freedom Day – both of which occurred on the 16th of this month. Sadly, it should also be the 50th anniversary of Roe. v Wade, which guaranteed reproductive rights. As nonbelievers, we must remain vigilant and be a reminder of what this country’s founding was intended to provide – religious freedom for ALL.
With that in mind, we have joined our coalition partners in asking President Biden and Congress NOT to attend the National Prayer Breakfast this year. This event, held annually on the first Thursday in February, espouses Christian Nationalism under the guise of unity. We also encourage you as individuals to contact your representatives and ask them not to attend, which can be done through actions alerts provided by the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
January is also monumental because it is when BN celebrates our anniversary. On the 21st, we marked 12 years as an organization. And in our revitalization efforts, not only have we restarted in Detroit, but we have also added Chicago to our family of affiliates. We have also given a new look to In The Cut, but with the same great content and amazing guests.
Of course, none if this is possible without your generous support. Building community and raising the profiles of Black Nonreligious Americans will ALWAYS be our priority. And as we continue to move forward in 2023, we thank you for being here with us.
Mandisa L. Thomas
Founder and President
Meet and Greet for BN of Metro Detroit, January 15, 2023