Who We Are
Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry (SHL) was founded in 1994 by a group of non-theists in Charleston, South Carolina.
Our members are freethinkers of many kinds: agnostics, atheists, skeptics, secular humanists, and naturalists. We welcome you and all who are interested in participating in our friendly community, either as members or observers. We promote the non-theistic, humanistic viewpoint as a valid contribution to public discourse and defend the First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state.
Here are some reasons why humanists might care about Black History Month:
- Celebrating differences: Black History Month celebrates differences and has many benefits.
- Understanding the importance of stories: Black History Month shares the stories of many men and women who made a difference in the world.
- Uniting people: Black history unites people.
- Celebrating resilience: Black History Month celebrates the resilience, strength, and perseverance of Black people who have faced adversity, discrimination, and systemic racism.
- Promoting diversity: Black History Month promotes diversity and brings awareness to the idea that we are all diverse and we all contribute to something.
- Learning about Black history: There is still a lot to learn about Black history.
Black History Month also highlights the legacy of Black innovators and inventors whose contributions have shaped the world for the better. Their work not only improved the lives of their contemporaries but continues to benefit humanity today.
We encourage our members during Black History month to immerse themselves in learning about the Black experience and take the time to learn how America’s history with racism still affects our current culture.
Frequent Black-owned businesses here in the South.
Read, watch, or listen to stories that explain the Black experience in America.
Some suggestions include:
- Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isbel Wilkerson
- Origin (Film) Origin is a 2023 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, which describes racism in the United States as an aspect of a caste system.
- The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story or you can also watch the six-part docuseries by the same name on Hulu.
- Check out https://slavedwellingproject.org/ and read Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery by the founder of the project, Joseph McGill Jr.
Come take a tour with us of the new International African American Museum on Sunday February 18th at 11am. You can buy your tour ticket here: https://iaamuseum.org/
Join our Book Club in discussing the book King: A Life by Jonathan Eig on February 25th at 3pm at the Charleston Public Library downtown.
Join us in our Charity of the Quarter in donating and volunteering with the Black Owned Fresh Future Farm. Numerous studies show that food insecurity disproportionately affects minority communities. Germaine Jenkins’ mission is to transform desert communities (typically found in Black-owned neighborhoods) with quality food and produce at reasonable prices. Fresh Future Farm, her Black-owned grocery store and farm in North Charleston is doing this — with a model that focuses on community. The grocery store accepts EBT payments and offers sliding scale pricing to ensure all residents can afford groceries.
Here are some events happening in the Lowcountry to Celebrate Black History Month:
The Ten Commitment focus for February is: EMPATHY
… which we think goes hand in hand with our emphasis on the intention to learn about Black History.
“I will consider other people’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.”
Empathy means entering imaginatively into another’s situation in an attempt to understand their experience as though we are experiencing it ourselves. Empathy requires us to step outside of our own perspective to consider someone else’s thoughts, feelings, or circumstance from that person’s point of view. In many ways, empathy is the first step to ethical behavior as it allows us to respond compassionately to the suffering of others and exercise good judgment when our actions may affect someone else. Understanding another’s perspective is not only critical to building better relationships, but also makes us better citizens in our local and global communities. Empathy promotes tolerance, consideration, and compassion amongst us all.
SECULAR HUMANISTS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY (SHL)
PO Box 32256 | Charleston SC 29417 | LowcountryHumanists.org | 843-212-6675
Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – EIN 57-1088657