Did you catch me speaking on the Ask an Atheist podcast with Sam Mulvey last month? It was a great interview that I’d love to have you check out, if you missed it previously. If you want to skip directly to me, pop into the podcast at the 17-minute mark!
We discuss Black Nonbelievers’ exciting history, how we got started in Atlanta before expanding nationally, and how we just expanded into Portland and Cincinnati! I also discuss how important it is being a space for black nonbelievers while also being inclusive of anyone who shares the organization’s mission and values.
“Making someone feel welcome and comfortable…isn’t something inherent to a religious identity…and it’s probably more genuine because there isn’t a reward from a god for being nice. Religion and the Church don’t have a monopoly on fellowship.”
I am working hard to build communities around the country for people like you, and many that you probably know, to have a space where you all feel welcomed, valued, included, and empowered as member of a community that you love.
Please head over to the podcast, check it out, and then get involved with Black Nonbelievers in any way that you can! Every one of our members means so much to me, and to all of BN’s volunteers and leaders.
This year is halfway done, and has been a busy one here at Black Nonbelievers. We’re still connecting with you in person nationwide, and providing support however we can. But one important matter for the year is our Convention at Sea in November. We’re getting ready to sail, and we still want you to be there!
There are some slots left, so if you’re still interested, be sure to click here: BN Convention at Sea. The next set of payments for those already enlisted are due immediately, so check your invoices to get those in!
Don’t miss out on the chance to see speakers like Jeremiah Camara and Sikivu Hutchinson. Also added to the lineup are Debbie Goddard from African Americans for Humanism and Sean Rivera from the Secular Student Alliance. Come for a great time and to support our great organization!!!
Black Nonbelievers is proud to announce our “BN Changes Lives” campaign. We want to hear from you about how helpful we have been to your transformation out of religion and finding community, which will be featured on our website and social media platforms. Let’s call these for what they are – TESTIMONIES!
This is also being launched in conjunction with a $3,000 matching donation from Polaris Financial. We cannot do our work without you, and this generous offer combined with your tax deductible donation will help tremendously!
To send us your story, click Contact Us on our website. Submissions should be brief, but as descriptive as possible. You can remain anonymous if you wish, just be sure to specify. Entries may be edited.
From hosting monthly gatherings to discussing atheism on the airwaves, Black Nonbelievers IS changing lives. But don’t just take our word for it, our members will tell you themselves. Whether it is through your time and/or donation, you can help others find their voice today!
Mandisa L. Thomas
Founder and President
Black Nonbelievers Inc.
“Walking by Sight, NOT Faith!”
*Black Nonbelievers (BN) is a 501 c3 non-profit fellowship of nonbelievers headquartered in the Atlanta area that is dedicated to providing an informative, caring, festive and friendly community. We connect with other Blacks (and allies) who are living free of religion and other beliefs, and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends. Instead of accepting dogma, we seek to determine truth and morality through reason and evidence.
BN welcomes all regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, age, national origin or race. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.blacknonbelievers.org
On Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 p.m., a peaceful demonstration of solidarity will take place called the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women. The march will rally members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies from across Georgia and the nation. The march will begin at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and will conclude at the Georgia State Capitol.While an independent movement, the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women event is officially recognized by the Women’s March on Washington D.C. to which tens of thousands of Americans have pledged their support.
The Atlanta March champions: immigrants of all statuses; Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, agnostic or atheist; Native and Indigenous people; individuals of African and Asian descent; Asian Pacific Americans; Latino Americans; those with disabilities; survivors of sexual violence; people who are economically impoverished; the LGBTQIA communities; and women. The march will amplify the voices of these communities by embodying and supporting work that defeats and eliminates human trafficking; advocates for the right to clean water, clean air and environmental justice; holds accountable law enforcement in cases of police brutality, and other issues relevant to creating a just and equitable society.
Black Nonbelievers is proud to be a community partner, and we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer here: https://atlantamarch.typeform.com/to/N14PDZ
The website for this event is https://atlantamarch.com/. Also, be sure to participate with any associated marches nationwide!
I’m sure that I speak for many when I say that 2016 was an interesting year. However, this has not stopped the flow for Black Nonbelievers. From celebrating our 5th Anniversary in January and featuring Civil Rights legend Annie Pearl Avery (presentations from both events can be found on our YouTube channel, BlackNonbelieversInc), representing at this year’s Reason Rally in DC, and establishing an affiliate in my hometown of New York City, we continue to be on a roll well into the future!
Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without your support and participation. We really appreciate our donors, members and volunteers – it is because of you that we are able to increase the visibility and provide community for Black atheists and religion doubters where there is none in family and friends.
But do you remember this year’s episode of ABC’s Blackish about atheists (profiled by Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist here: Blackish Atheist Episode)? It shows that we still have a long way to go with normalizing atheism in the Black community, and for others to know that Black Nonbelievers exists. Our work needs to continue, and your tax deductible contributions make it happen. If you aren’t already a regular contributor, it’s not too late to sign up on our website!
In closing, I would like to once again say thank you all for a wonderful year. And get ready for our grand event for 2017, which is our Convention at Sea. Featured speakers include Jeremiah Camara, Sikivu Hutchinson, Bria Crutchfield, and more!
Have a very Happy New Year, and may we all continue on our paths to reason and a better life!
Mandisa L. Thomas