Baha'i Faith, Washington DC

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Alain Leroy Locke Being Laid to Rest

Alain Leroy Locke, a Bahá’í, “Dean” of the Harlem Renaissance (1919–34), chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and the first African American Rhodes scholar (1907), will finally be laid to rest on September 13, 2014, at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. Locke was born in 1885 and died in 1954. 


Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth, in Alain L. Locke: Biography of a Philosopher [(University of Chicago Press, 2008) 1] summarize “Locke’s accomplishments” this way:

he was the first African American to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford (where he wrote on the philosophy of value), he was a leader in the New Negro movement, and he produced a formative commentary on African American literature and the arts. He championed African art as a source of aesthetic inspiration, and his philosophical papers on cultural pluralism, democracy, and value theory influenced readers in diverse fields. He offered personal advice and support to dozens of writers, painters, singers, and others with artistic gifts and ambitions. In addition, he taught for four decades at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he headed the philosophy department, founded the literary magazine and the theater company, and gathered the collection of African art that forms the core of the university’s holding in this field. 

 For more information on this illustrious former Washington DC Baha'i - please see:

Alain Leroy Locke, 1885-1954, Herald of the Harlem Renaissance, Finally Being Laid to Rest

Alain Leroy Locke (Wikipedia Entry) 

Annual Commemoration of `Abdu’l-Bahá's Talk at Rankin Chapel, Howard University

"If the heart is pure, white or black or any color makes no difference. God does not look at colors; He looks at the hearts. He whose heart is pure is better."


Please join us for the commemoration of `Abdu’l-Bahá's visit to Rankin Chapel in 1912. `Abdu’l-Bahá was the son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and spoke extensively on the topic of racial unity during his journeys in America. He was an avid speaker for fostering race unity among Americans and worldwide.

We will have two speakers, one of which is Ms. Nwandi Lawson, a Howard University graduate in the field of broadcast journalism. She's a Baha'i from Atlanta and has written, hosted, and produced for CNN, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and Georgia Public Broadcasting among others. Our second speaker is Ananda Ewing-Boyd, a young woman from Washington, DC. 

We will also have performances by youth groups and local musicians.

Light refreshments will be provided.
When: May 18th 2014
Program from 4pm-6pm
Where: Howard University, Rankin Chapel - Map: 2455 Sixth St, NW, Washington, DC
Parking on street, accessible by Shaw Metro Station and the 70/79 buses 
Service Project!
Please bring canned goods and lightly used clothing. These will be donated to Martha's Table and Martha's Outfitters respectively.
See for more information!

Please do not bring peanut butter, candy, junk food or soft drinks. They will not be accepted. 

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Happy Ridvan 2014!
The Festival of Ridvan – those festive, joyous holidays the worldwide Baha’i community celebrates between April 21st and May 2nd every year — provides the occasion for the holiest and happiest days of the Baha’i year.

The Ridvan Festival commemorates the anniversary of the garden sojourn where Baha’u’llah declared his mission outside Baghdad during the twelve days before his banishment to Istanbul (then called Constantinople) in 1863. Baha’u’llah had been exiled to Baghdad ten years earlier in 1853 by a Persian government that feared the rapid spread of his teachings and their progressive impact on society; and now, because his teachings continued to spread and threaten the clerics, Baha’u’llah was being sent into further exile as a result of pressure from that same government.
Commemoration of Abdu'l-Baha's Talk at Howard U

 In 1912, `Abdu'l-Bahá—the son of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith - visited Howard University’s Rankin Chapel. There, He spoke before a diverse audience, outlining a vision for racial unity and the elimination of prejudices. Please join us for prayers and reflections, providing inspiration for continuing a legacy of working for unity. You can find directions here.

Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 20th, 12:00 am
Birth of the Bab - Holy Day

Fri Oct 24th, 07:30 pm
Georgetown Fireside Discussion

Sun Oct 26th, 11:00 am
Children's Classes

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The best way to meet the Baha'is is to join us in our regular activities including:

*Sunday morning devotions & presentation.
*Devotions in neighborhoods throughout DC.
*Classes for children and youth.
*Study classes for adults.


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Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.