What An Amazing Year

For all of its ups and downs, 2018 has been a busy and exciting year for all of our communities, members, volunteers, and supporters! We are so excited that your shared your time, energy, and support with Black Nonbelievers and that we accomplished so much.

In this past year, we’ve successfully begin three new BN communities; in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Our work has been covered by The Humanist Magazine and was even featured by Playboy! In September, we sponsored and took part in the Black Women’s March in Washington, D.C. I was proud to be chosen to receive the Person of the Year Award from the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association, and to represent BN’s amazing work at the event. We even capped off the year by returning to sea for our second annual Convention at Sea!

I am so proud of everything that you all do on a daily basis for each other, for our communities, and for the greater world. Together, we are impacting the world in innumerable ways.

We can’t do this without your support. Can you support us with a gift this year? 

We are eagerly looking forward to sponsoring and taking part in Women of Color Beyond Belief in Chicago, IL next year. We have so much exciting news and so many awesome events coming that we can’t wait to share those plans with you soon as well. #BNChangesLives

Please help us continue to change lives. Please support us today with an end of the year gift.

We wish you, and all those in your life, a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

#BNChangesLives

“I found Black Nonbelievers in 2012 while searching for groups in the Orlando area. With BN, I discovered a place with shared experiences. Where my nonbelief was supported and encouraged.“

Now as the organizer for Orlando BN chapter, I want to provide the same opportunity for others, and continue to build our community”. – Barbara Page

On this Giving Tuesday, will you support us with a gift? We cannot do this work without your love and support.

“BN of Cincinnati is not only a resource for atheists of color in our area, we are a support system, a family. We celebrate together, grieve together and we even eat together. BN of Cincinnati has been the beginning and enrichment of many friendships.” – Tiffany Stewart

These are just a few of the BN community members who have been touched by our work and by our communities’ work. We change lives for the better and create positive, fulfilling, supportive communities on the ground all around the country. We’ve even added three new BN affiliates this year alone!

“BN provides a home…to get connected and establishes a needed support system.” – Keisha Rhines-Thomas

Black Nonbelievers truly changes lives and we are proud to elevate your voices and support the work that you do in your local communities.

Please help us continue to change lives. Please support us today, on this Giving Tuesday.

This may be your last chance for amazing speakers, great food, and so much more!

Come sail with us on the Carnival Sensation Cruise Ship at the 2018 Convention at Sea! There will be amazing speakers, great food, fun times, new friends, and fascinating locales to explore. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to share this experience with all of our BN members and friends again this year.

Our trip is coming up really fast, with only a month to go! We still have cabins available, for now. We encourage you to register soon so that you don’t miss out.

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Just some of our exciting speaker lineup includes:

  • Detryck Von Doom
  • Monette Richards
  • Larry T. Decker
  • Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
  • Zulma Oliveras Vega
  • Monica Burns
  • Mandisa Thomas
  • and more!

An Interior Cabin is only $750, and includes registration for the conference as well. The ship leaves out of Miami, FL, and will visit Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Amber Cove, and Dominican Republic.

Join us for sun, swimming, exploration, and so much more! You’ll be able to share amazing meals with old and new friends alike during our stay on the ship as well.

Find all the details right here!

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“With BN, I discovered a place with shared experiences.”

“I found Black Nonbelievers in 2012 while searching for groups in the Orlando area. With BN, I discovered a place with shared experiences. Where my nonbelief was supported and encouraged.
Now as the organizer for Orlando BN chapter, I want to provide the same opportunity for others, and continue to build our community”.

– Barbara Page, BN Orlando’s newest organizer

If you are in the Orlando area, or even just visiting, check our BN Orlando! They are working on building a robust and exciting community that they want you to be part of. Find more info on their events at https://www.meetup.com/BN-of-Orlando/.

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Playboy Coverage!?

I am so excited about all the news coverage that Black Nonbelievers has received lately. So excited, that I wanted to highlight some of it for you!

We were covered in the most recent article of The Humanist Magazine, as part of a feature on some of most effective and awesome black women in our movement. For just a taste of this article, the author explains how “they have pushed both black and white freethinkers to broaden their conceptions of humanism and have shown that despite arguments to the contrary, feminism is not only compatible with humanism but is also a central part of what it means to be a humanist.”

 

Black Nonbelievers also received exciting coverage in the July/August issue of Playboy Magazine! In a short excerpt, I detailed how “wildly disproportionate levels of violence, poverty and disease afflicting so many black communities, thoughts and prayers aren’t going to cut it.” After all, this is why all of our Black Nonbelievers leaders, members, volunteers, supporters, and chapters do what they do. All of you are the reason that I can share our organization’s success.

I am overjoyed to be see Black Nonbelievers being featured prominently in the media, and I hope that you are as excited about it as I am!


Mandisa Thomas
Founder and President, Black Nonbelievers
#BNChangesLives

P.S. We depend on you as we support chapters all around the country. Please consider a gift to help us keep growing and engaging with our communities!

Come sail with us on the Carnival Sensation Cruise Ship at the 2018 Convention at Sea

Come sail with us on the Carnival Sensation Cruise Ship at the 2018 Convention at Sea! There will be amazing speakers, great food, fun times, new friends, and fascinating locales to explore. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to share this experience with all of our BN members and friends again this year.

Just some of our exciting speaker lineup includes:

  • Detryck Von Doom
  • Monette Richards
  • Larry T. Decker
  • Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
  • Zulma Oliveras Vega
  • Monica Burns
  • Mandisa Thomas
  • and more yet to be announced!

An Interior Cabin is only $750, and includes registration for the conference as well. The ship leaves out of Miami, FL, and will visit Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Amber Cove, and Dominican Republic.

Join us for sun, swimming, exploration, and so much more! You’ll be able to share amazing meals with old and new friends alike during our stay on the ship as well.

We cannot wait to join you on our amazing trip this November 24-29!

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Black Nonbelievers of Cincinnati

Last year, we announced that a brand new Black Nonbelievers chapter was forming in Cincinnati, OH. I’m excited to report that the chapter not only started, but has gained a lot of momentum and is now very successful! But don’t just take my word for it, I am very happy to present the words of the chapter’s leaders directly.

“BN of Cincinnati is not only a resource for atheists of color in our area, we are a support system, a family. We celebrate together, grieve together and we even eat together. BN of Cincinnati has been the beginning and enrichment of many friendships.

Our first official MeetUp was in May 2018 at the local black owned restaurant Conscious Kitchen. We proudly displayed our BN of Cincinnati banner. In June, we’ll be having self defense classes with black owned Gye Nyame Martial Arts School. Our future MeetUps will include cookouts, laser tag, hiking and dinners and luncheons. And, of course, anything our members suggest.“

– Tiffany Stewart

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“One of the major conversations we had was about boldness.  I was sharing how I am compelled to speak up on personal issues that affect me and my community as it relates to religious over steps. As a member of a civil rights organization, I have recently stood up on a couple of occasions. The first occasion was a statewide meeting about education. The meeting was laced with religious overtones and eventually they asked me to pray over the food.  Even though I gave in which I later became very shamed about, I pulled the convener to the side and explained my position. I was surprised to be met with a very receptive and apologetic energy.  The second was about Christian prayers to start our local meetings. I realized this was an opportunity to shine the light on the fact that we shouldn’t not be giving preferences to any religion and that our organization was started by a collection of people, one of which was a secular humanist.  Since then, prayer has stopped in the Cincinnati meetings.

Watch us grow!”

– Triegg Turner

I hope that you are as excited as I am to see the fantastic success of Black Nonbelievers of Cincinnati. If you are in the area, or if you visit the city for any reason, reach out and get involved!

Mandisa Thomas
Founder and President, Black Nonbelievers
#BNChangesLives

 

P.S. We depend on you as we support chapters all around the country just like BN of Cincinnati. Please consider a gift to help us keep growing and engaging with our communities!

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