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
Black Nonbelievers is proud to announce our newest local affiliate – in New York City!
In keeping with our well rounded style of hosting secular, social, and outreach events, Black Nonbelievers is proud to be branching into the New York Tri-State area. While the Northeast is more progressive than in the Bible Belt Southern states, there is still a wall of dogma which penetrates the communities of this city.
As a native New Yorker, I am very excited about our new addition. We have a very strong team of dedicated organizers who will be ready to connect with not only the Black community, but also the secular community. For more information, please visit the Meetup group here: BN-NYC.
We look forward to seeing you at any one of our events in the future, and if you’re in the New York area, be sure to join us!!!
*Black Nonbelievers (BN) is a 501 c3 non-profit fellowship headquartered in the Atlanta area that is dedicated to providing an informative, caring, festive and friendly environment. We strive to connect with other Blacks (and 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.
What do members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, comedian Margaret Cho, and magician Penn Jillette have in common?
They will all be onstage next weekend at Reason Rally 2016!!!
If you know that you can be a good person without believing in a god, if you think public policy should be based on scientific evidence, NOT religious beliefs, and if you support separation of church and state – then join us for the largest gathering of nonreligious people in history!!!
Reason Rally 2016 will take place on June 4th at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. But the party doesn’t stop there, please visit the website at http://www.reasonrally.org to view the full lineup of speakers and entertainers, and to sign up for a host of events from June 2-5, including a VIP Dinner with the Stars, an after party, as well as a mini convention! And while the Rally is free to attend, we still need your support. Please make your tax deductible donation, and/or merchandise purchase from the website today!
Black Nonbelievers is a proud sponsor for Reason Rally 2016. Be sure to stop by our exhibitor table at the event, where we will have giveaways, and you can meet some of our affiliate organizers. You can also make your tax deductible donation and support our efforts on our website at http://www.blacknonbelievers.org
The Rally needs YOU, so we hope to see you there!!!
Since January of 2011, Black Nonbelievers has grown from a local group in the Atlanta area to a national phenomenon. In 2016 on MLK weekend, we will celebrate our 5 year anniversary – complete with presentations, interactive workshops and just overall FUN! Come and experience how much our organization has contributed to the secular comunity, and meet the folks who have come through our doors, and have supported us since our inception. as well as celebrate this milestone achievement. It’s MORE than a conference!
Featured speakers include:
– Alix Jules
– Amy Monsky
– Bridgett Crutchfield
– Candace Gorham
– Sarah Haider
– Lorenzo Neal
– Darrel Ray
– Jeremiah Camara
– Dave Silverman
– Todd Stiefel
– Muhammad Syed
– David Tamayo
And many MORE!
Music by Victor Harris!
Full registration, including dinner is just $75! This price is for advanced registration only, which will be ending soon!
Student registration is $20 (dinner not included, and must present valid ID). Register for this event here! https://blacknonbelievers.wufoo.com/forms/bns-5th-anniversary-celebration/
Interested in being a vendor, exhibitor and/or sponsor? We have very reasonable rates – just click on the link above!
Look out for more related events for what is sure to be a fabulous weekend. We really appreciate the support, and we will be around for many years in the future!!!
For more information, be sure to visit http://www.blacknonbelievers.org
In this ESPN News story, Houston Texans star Arian Foster discusses in detail about not believing in god. This is a major accomplishment not only for the secular community, but because Foster represents a vastly underrepresented segment – people of color. Foster also recorded a video for the Openly Secular campaign, of which Black Nonbelievers is proud to be a movement sponsor.
You can check out both links here:
ESPN – Arian Foster
Openly Secular – Arian Foster