1917 Silent Parade in New York, to protest the East St. Louis riots, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois: Will the Truth Set You Free?

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.

W.E.B. Du Bois 1918

W.E.B. Du Bois 1918

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.”

The program is being presented by the American Ethical Union, of which the Riverdale-Yonkers Society is a member.  We will be joined by members of many Ethical Societies!

This Sunday is Zoom-only for the platform program itself. We begin the program promptly at 11 am ET.

Ethics for Children is in-person, 10:30-11:30 am with supervised play until noon, and requires in-person registration. If we need to make last-minute changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will email you via whatever email we have on record or that you use for the RSVP below.

Contributions to "Sunday Sharing" are shared between RYSEC and this month's sharing partner.  Read more and contribute:

Attending Ethics for Children in Person

Registration for in-person attendance is open from the previous Sunday. Registration closes at 5 pm Saturday for Ethics for Children participation to be sure we're adequately staffed.

Proof of vaccination (at least first dose) is required if attendee is 5 or older. Also required: mask while indoors, sanitize hands, respect social distance.

Parents staying at the building while the children meet can tune into the Zoom meeting on their phones or other devices at 11 am.


Jan 30 2022


11:00 am

Zoom Meeting


American Ethical Union
Join Zoom Meeting at 11 am ET on Jan 30


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

Directions to the Ethical Society

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