BN’s Year in Review – 2014.

Greetings!

2014 has come to an end, and I cannot help but to reflect on how remarkable it has been for BN. As an organization, we continue to be the most visible and accessible secular organizations that focus on people of color. This is because we are committed to providing support for those who have left religion behind, and need to connect with like minded individuals. Because this is still very difficult to do within the African American community, it has been crucial for Black Nonbelievers to be vigilant with our mission. And what a wonderful journey it has been, and will continue to be in the future.

Some highlights from 2014 include:

  • Establishing BN groups in Memphis, TN, and the Washington, DC area
  • Appearances and tabling at conferences and conventions
  • Interviews with the Humanist Hour and CNN documentaries (release date TBD)
  • Participation in the Openly Secular campaign (www.openlysecular.org)
  • Hosting the creators of the Jupiter Strong children’s literary enterprise (www.jupiterstrong.com)

As proud as we are of our activities this year, our biggest accomplishment was becoming federally recognized as a non-profit organization. As a result, donations to BN are now tax deductible. Your gifts and contributions help with our ability to reach out to fellow nonbelievers nationwide, as well as increase our presence in places where we are needed – particularly the Black and Secular communities. Please become a regular contributor today; your support is extremely valuable.

2015 will see BN developing projects such as New Turn (secular solutions for recidivism), partnering with a new program titled Inner City Science for Youth, and continuing our now consistently warm style of community building and engagement. As always, we will keep you updated on our latest events and developments.

Have a very Happy New Year and we thank you for your support and participation. Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Mandisa L. Thomas
Founder and President
Black Nonbelievers, Inc.
“Walking by Sight, NOT Faith!”

Minority Secular Organizations Receive Grants.

For Immediate Release

(Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA Nov 16, 2014) – The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has generously awarded Black Nonbelievers, Ex-Muslims of North America, and Hispanic American Freethinkers each a grant for $10,000. The funds received will greatly assist each organization in our missions to provide support for members of our respective communities while promoting secular values, freethought and rationalism.

“It is much harder for people to be openly secular if they belong to an ethnic minority,” said Todd Stiefel, president of Stiefel Freethought Foundation. “I hope others will join me in donating to these three wonderful organizations so they can increase acceptance for their communities.”

Black Nonbelievers, Ex-Muslims of North America, and Hispanic American Freethinkers would like to thank the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for demonstrating their confidence in our organizations through this grant. This support will help all three organizations, which are dedicated to empowering freethinkers and reformists in our ethnic communities, to work towards our respective missions in the secular community.

All three organizations promote humanistic ideals and strive to work for the rights of non-theists, and are 501c3 nonprofit under the federal tax exemption guidelines.

“The existence of a thriving Ex-Muslim community is vital for promoting reform and creating space for dissent within Islamic communities.” said Muhammad Syed, Executive Director of EXMNA. “We would like to thank the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for their confidence in us.”

“As the number of Blacks who leave religion behind increases, so will the need for our visibility and support” says Mandisa Thomas, founder and President of Black Nonbelievers. “This is a major boost for all of our organizations; however your help will still be needed so that we all can continue to carry out our work”.

“With more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than any other country in the world except for Mexico, HAFree is fully dedicated to help Latinos free themselves from the limitations of irrational beliefs.” said David Tamayo, President and Founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers, Inc (HAFree). “This donation will help HAFree reach out and educate Hispanics on critical thinking skills while promoting a greater Latino representation in STEM fields; all this helps break the cycle of poverty and ignorance that feeds most superstitions and dogmas. HAFree is very grateful for this generous contribution.”

Black Nonbelievers connects with other Blacks (and allies) who are living free of religion and irrational beliefs who might otherwise be shunned by family and friends. Instead of accepting dogma, we seek to determine truth and morality through reason and evidence. www.blacknonbelievers.org

Ex-Muslims of North America is dedicated to the advocacy, charitable, educational and social needs of ExMuslims. We aim to foster local communities of Ex-Muslims while empowering them to advocate for promoting free speech within the Muslim community and challenging the apostasy taboo. www.exmna.org

HAFree provides educational resources and support to all Hispanic freethinkers in promoting the search for truth through science, rational thought, skepticism, humanism, logic, secular values, critical thinking and freedom of conscience. HAFree seeks to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves by serving all those Hispanics who live in the U.S. providing them with the necessary tools to support Freethought. www.HAfree.org

BN’s Annual Halloween Bash!!!

Hello Everyone!

It’s time for our annual Halloween costume party! This year, we’ve added a performance by Atlanta based freethinking comedian Bo Micadelic, who has appeared at Uptown Comedy Corner and other well known area venues. Admission is $20, and not only includes the show, but also food, beverages, and a chance to win prizes! Costumes are optional.

Doors open at 10, and the show starts at 11. This event is a fundraiser for BN, which is a 501c3 non profit organization. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.blacknonbelievers.org

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Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Granted 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status!

Press Release: Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Granted 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia – Black Nonbelievers, Inc (BN) is proud to announce it is now officially a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to Black Nonbelievers are fully tax-deductible retroactive to May 15, 2014. Black Nonbelievers is also now eligible to apply for grants, which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to serve the community.

 

“Obtaining 501(c)(3) status is a major milestone for BN,” says President and Founder Mandisa Thomas. “It has been a long road, but I am glad that we have achieved this goal. This opens many doors for us to expand fundraising activities and fully realize our goals as a charitable organization that will not only support individuals (primarily minorities) who are distressed as a result of questioning and leaving religion, but will also create programs that will increase secular solutions for improvement in our communities. We are truly grateful to those who helped make this successful.”

The BN Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 45-3759816. The IRS letter granting BN its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is available upon request. Donation inquiries can be sent to donations@blacknonbelievers.org, and you can access the donation link directly at https://blacknonbelievers.wordpress.com/donate.

 
Black Nonbelievers, Inc. (BN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in the Atlanta area that is dedicated to providing an informative, caring, festive and family friendly environment. We strive to connect with other Blacks (and their allies) who are living free of religion and irrational 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 www.blacknonbelievers.org”

The Growth of African American Atheism.

Hello Everyone! Please check out this article that was featured on the Rationalist Association. BN President Mandisa Thomas discusses some challenges faced with being a nonbeliever in the Black community, as well as future plans for the organization. Be sure to check back often for updates on our events and projects!

Growth of African American Atheism

Atlanta Coalition of Reason’s Launch Weekend!

 

Press Release – For Immediate Distribution

Event: Atlanta Coalition of Reason’s Summer Solstice Launch Weekend!!!

Dates: June 21-22, 2014

Times:       8:00 PM                                                    7:00 PM

Locations: Doo Gallery                                             Atlanta Freethought Hall

                    205 Holtzclaw St SE                                   4775 N. Church Lane

                    Atlanta, GA 30316                                     Atlanta, GA 30080 

 

Description: In the city sometimes known as “Hotlanta”, get ready for the weekend that is sure to live up to the description! Taking a different approach from the standard method of introductions, the official launch of the Atlanta Coalition of Reason (ATL CoR) will be a Summer Solstice celebration, complete with a launch party on June 21st, followed by a concert on June 22nd. Speakers and performers will include Greydon Square, Jeremiah Camara, Sam Singleton and Steve Hill.

 

ATL CoR coordinator Mandisa Thomas says, “This is an initiative that is well overdue. Atlanta has one of the largest populations of nonbelievers, and there are so many strides to be made by the area groups working together. I am proud to be part of facilitating this important and festive occasion, as well as all future projects.”

 

“There are a number of fine organizations in the Atlanta area to serve the diverse needs and styles we have and to further the cause of those of us without religion” says veteran activist and ATL CoR advisor Ed Buckner. “But we have very much long needed better ways of pulling together for the sake of the things we have in common. With Mandisa at the helm, the Atlanta Coalition of Reason is destined to serve our movement, our local groups, and our members extraordinarily well. This is great to see and I’m eager to be a part of it.”

 

Tickets are $25 for party and concert ($15 for party and $20 for concert separately). You can purchase tickets in advance via this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/atl-cors-summer-solstice-launch-weekend-tickets-11326745601

If you are traveling from out of town, please contact the coordinator for assistance with finding reasonably priced accommodations.

Contact Info: Mark W. Gura – Media Representative –mark@markwgura.com

                       Mandisa Thomas – Coordinator: atlcorgroup@gmail.com

 

Website: unitedcor.org/atl/page/home