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AEU All-Society Platform: “W.E.B. Du Bois: Will the Truth Set You Free?” (Hybrid)

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

In-person and online! Leader Dr. Nori Rost will host a watch party in Ceremonial Hall.

The author of the address is Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, who spoke to a group at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on February 7, 1949. (Thanks to Carolyn Parker for finding the text of Dr. Du Bois’ talk!) This very timely address pertains especially to the need to face facts about enslavement and racism and to acknowledge the contributions of people of African descent – and it points out numerous places where that facing of fact has not occurred.

Dr. Du Bois’ words pertain especially to the resolution passed at the  AEU Assembly in 2017, “Toward Repairing the Harm of Racism” which states: “Therefore, we affirm efforts to study the lasting effects of the heritage of enslavement and racial discrimination especially on living African Americans, but also on other people of color, and on American society as a whole. We also affirm efforts to study ways that such lasting negative effects can be repaired, and to be involved in actions to repair such effects.”

Special thanks to the volunteer planners of the 1/30 All-Society Platform: Susan Solomon of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester, Carolyn Parker of the Ethical Society of Austin, Taty Sena of the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture, and Joanna Brandt of the Baltimore Ethical Society!

Notice: Only fully-vaccinated individuals are invited to attend in-person at this time.

Click to Join at Start | Zoom ID 891 9333 5697

Presider: Leader Dr. Nori Rost

Shared Charity: Students for Justice

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit our Videos page and YouTube channel.


January 30
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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