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Does Religious Freedom Matter in 2021?

January 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Georgia 3Rs Project

African American Perspectives on Religious Freedom

The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to shape their lives according to communal and personal beliefs. These inalienable rights, paired with a pluralistic society, necessitate a framework for understanding across difference. Join the Georgia Rights, Responsibility, Respect (3Rs) Project and local African American leaders for a discussion about the relevance of religious freedom and religious literacy education today. The virtual program is free and open to the public.

In recognition of National Religious Freedom Day Jan. 16, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18, the Georgia 3Rs Project is hosting a virtual community program titled, “Does Religious Freedom Matter in 2021? African American Perspectives on Religious Freedom.” The event will feature African American religious and civic leaders sharing insights on the value of religious liberty for living in a diverse democracy. Each panelist will speak for approximately 10 minutes before a panel discussion and open Q&A session moderated by Trey Daniel, Georgia 3Rs Project Education manager.


  • The Rev. Billy Michael Honor, founding pastor of Pulse Church, Atlanta, who recently served as public scholar and director of Faith and Civic Organizing at the New Georgia Project. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Interdenominational Theological Center and has been an adjunct professor of religious studies and guest lecturer at various theological institutions;
  • Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad, associate professor of language and literacy at Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development. Additionally, she serves as director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic and hosts a summer literacy institute called, “Black Girls WRITE!” She is the 2014 recipient of the Promising New Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and 2017’s Georgia State University Urban Education Research awardee;
  • The Rev. Quincy James Rinehart, associate campus minister at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. He earned his Ph.D. in Student Ethics, Theology and the Human Sciences from Chicago Theological Seminary and formerly served as the Scholar in Residence for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc.;
  • Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers Inc., a non-profit secular fellowship eliminating stigma, increasing visibility and providing support and networking opportunities around non-belief in the African American community. In 2018, the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association named Thomas its Person of the Year.
Made possible with generous support from:
Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
Cecil B. Day Foundation
The CF Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Cousins Foundation
David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund
Freedom Forum
H. English and Ermine Carter Robinson Foundation
Templeton Religion Trust


January 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
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