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