American Humanist Association, 1941-

Founded in 1941 when Curtis Reese and John Deitrich reorganized the Humanist Press Association of Chicago, the American Humanist Association has and continues to serve as the main institutional body of the American humanist movement. It has awarded an annual Humanist of the Year since 1953 and has published The Humanist since 1941. It has generally been a supporter of internationalism and has been a part of the International Humanist and Ethical Union since its foundation in 1952. The association sponsors annual meetings and is generally in favor of racial equality but also provided a platform for people to publish racist science on topics like the intelligence of African Americans and sterilization. After the institution’s movement to San Francisco, race science and relations became a more prominent issue in the organization. It established the Humanist Youth Fund.