Baha'i Faith, Washington DC

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Commemoration of 'Abdu'l-Baha’s Historic Visit to Howard University
Saturday, April 23rd, 4:00 - 5:30 pm at  Rankin Chapel (map), Howard University. 

Please join the Baha'i community of the greater DC metropolitan area to commemorate 'Abdu'l-Baha’s historic visit to Rankin Chapel, Howard University and His address on Race Unity - the most vital and challenging issue facing America. More details to follow.

In 1912, the country was torn with racial division, and “separate but equal” was the highest level of interracial relations to which the nation aspired. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá challenged America to go beyond tolerance, to embrace diversity completely, and to demolish racial barriers in law, education and even marriage.  

To learn more about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's approach to race unity, please visit:

For more background on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's visit to Washington DC see: 

'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.'  -‘Abdu’l-Baha

A Conversation about Racial Unity & Healing with Dr. Joy DeGruy

 Unite the Hearts
On behalf of the Bahá'ís of Washington, DC, you are invited to "Unite the Hearts," an engaging conversation about fostering racial healing and the unity of humankind in America. This is a public event held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (Room A-5, on the A level), commemorating the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Bahá's historic visit to Washington, DC in 1912.

The event, which also coincides with the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, will feature a talk by nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter Dr. Joy DeGruy (Joy DeGruy Publications/ on the themes of racial unity and the oneness of humankind—calling to mind central themes of one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's historic talks in Washington, DC.

Dr. Joy DeGruy's talk will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience and an artistic presentation. Light refreshments will also be provided at the conclusion of the program. 
When: Sat, April 4, 2pm – 4pm 
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, United States (map) 
(Note: Sign language interpretation will be provided)
Happy Naw Ruz!
To Light a Candle - Georgetown Showing - Feb. 27

Student groups at Georgetown University welcome area citizens to join them in supporting the global campaign, "Education is Not a Crime," which supports universal access to higher education in Iran. Panelists will include; Augusto Lopez Claros, Director, World Bank, Global Indicators and Analysis, Jacques Berlinerblau, Director and Professor, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Winston Nagan, Founding Director and Professor, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Mariam Memarsadeghi, Cofounder and CoDirector, Tavaana

This event is free, open to the public and media, and limited to 325 attendees. Program includes a panel and discussion that will follow a screening of a (55-min) film, "To Light a Candle," directed by Maziar Bahari - subject of Jon Stewart's movie Rose Water. Maziar is an Iranian/Canadian journalist, film maker, and human rights activist. Film trailer available here. 

More information is available on the Facebook Event Page.

Tickets and more information can be obtained on the EventBrite Page.

Get Involved

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.


Personal Intro to the Faith

Reading a web site about the Baha'is is great but what is even better is to meet Baha'is in your neighborhood.  We can meet with you in a comfortable public setting and engage in a relaxed one-on-one conversation to learn about the Baha'i Faith.  If you are interested in learning more just contact us!

What is the Bahai Faith?

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.