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  • Writer's pictureKathryn Welch

World Humanist Day: Celebrating activism

Updated: Jun 3

In June 2024, I'll be creating and giving away 50 mini bouquets of flowers to celebrate and remember campaigners who've made our world a better place. To celebrate World Humanist Day (and thanks to funding from Humanist Society Scotland), each bouquet will be labelled with details of someone who's fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. 

This is your opportunity to nominate someone who you think should be remembered as part of our activist history. You can nominate anyone (and they may be living or dead), but I'm especially interested in people who were (or are):

  • In, of, or connected to Scotland

  • Campaigning for causes connected to freedom, equalities and fairness (such as feminist campaigns, LGBTQ rights, disabled access, civil rights, and so on)

  • Less likely to be remembered in formal history records - women, Black and people of colour, disabled campaigners, LGBTQ folk etc

  • Deserving of a wider audience for their work

I'd love to hear who you think should be remembered and celebrated; please use this form (which you can complete as many times as you like) to nominate people you think should be included.

The following brilliant venues will be giving away the posies during World Humanist Week; do pop in and take one whilst stocks last!

Edinburgh: Tribe Porty (19 Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AJ). Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June, 8.30am - 5.30pm (whilst stocks last)

Glasgow: Category Is Books (34 Allison Street Glasgow G42 8NN). Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd June, 11am - 5pm (whilst stocks last)

Depending on which posy you pick up, you might find some of the following symbolic flowers included:

  • Lavender, and purple carnations - celebrating the campaigning work of the Lavender Menaces.

  • Chrysanthemums, as a symbol of peace, anti-war and disarmament, in honour of this iconic moment at an anti-Vietnam war protest

  • Rosemary - for remembrance

  • Peonies, chosen by Juliet Sargeant for her anti-slavery garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 (for which she became the first Black winner of a CFS gold award). Also recorded by Brooklyn Botanic Garden as one of the first flowers sold by Black flower vendors in Depression-era New York, as part of a project to revisit Black horticultural heritage.

  • Roses - Inspired by B Parker's writing about Trans Day of Remembrance: “Roses can be a symbol of friendship, love, and acknowledgement of achievement, but are often associated with mourning the loss of someone close to us. Reframing the giving of roses in relation to trans lives immediately lets people know that we want to be cherished and honoured while we walk the earth".

  • Homegrown flowers and foliage - celebrating sustainability, seasonality and environmental awareness.



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