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January 4, 2015 Chuck Flippo, (401) 871-0828
Talk on “American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial Newport"
A presentation on “American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial Newport" will be hosted by the Humanists of Rhode Island (HRI) on Monday, January 12, at 7:00 pm in the Edward King House, 35 King Street, Newport. Keith Stokes, a descendant of Newport's early African American and Jewish families, will give the presentation. Mr. Stokes and his wife Theresa Guzman Stokes are active in Newport historical projects and have been leaders in restoring the portion of Newport’s Colonial-era slave burial ground known as God’s Little Acre. The presentation is open to the public; there is no charge.
The Humanists invited Mr. Stokes’ to provide local historical perspective in anticipation of the upcoming Martin Luther King national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader and the long struggle for equal rights in America. HRI actively supports ongoing efforts to protect and enhance civil rights for all.
A state-wide organization, HRI promotes separation of church and state, equal rights, and social justice. Through monthly meetings, community service work, support for local charities, and social events, HRI provides an alternative to faith-based organizations for those who share a humanist philosophy. The group is affiliated with the American Humanist Association.