In 2011, Humanists International gave David the Distinguished Services to Humanism Award. We caught up with David recently to discuss his journey into humanism, our campaigns, and his long and accomplished career.
HUK: Hi David! How did you first discover the humanist movement?
DP: I joined the Oxford University Humanist Group in 1961. That gave me a label for my poorly articulated beliefs and it introduced me to the national humanist movement. In 1967, when the Ethical Union changed its name to British Humanist Association (now Humanists UK), my main field was parliament and law reform. I organised our then Humanist Parliamentary Group and ran the humanist lobby to get our members to write to their MPs. We helped win reforms on abortion, homosexuality, theatre censorship, and much else.
HUK: Could you share any highlights from your career in humanism?
DP: One would be back in Oxford in 1963 when we ran a high profile campaign against a Church mission to evangelise the university: such resistance was scandalous but gained us national publicity – and was great fun.
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