Please Stay Safe Out There

Our first priority at Black Nonbelievers is the health and well being of our members and their families. We encourage everyone to follow the necessary guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are closely monitoring the virus’ progress and updates, and we will keep you informed of any changes to our major events. In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to support our work.


Black Nonbelievers: A Candid Conversation about Diversity

Did you catch us on Seth Andrew’s Thinking Atheist podcast recently? Seth invited on a panel of five black atheist activists, Mandisa Thomas, Will Juedy, Precious Singo, Fil Session, and Tiffany Tucker, to discuss the subject of diversity in the atheist movement.

We hope you check it out here!


Did you miss out on Women of Color Beyond Belief last year? Don’t forget that you can watch many of the event’s presentations at our YouTube channel, if you haven’t already.


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!

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What an Exhilarating Year!

BN’s Year in Review

Hello Everyone!

2019 was one of the most exhilarating in our 9-year history. We broke quite a bit of ground and expanded our reach across the country with our many outreach initiatives. It is all thanks to your support that we can continue our work!

Here are some of the highlights from last year:

  • Established our Columbus, OH, New Orleans, LA and Richmond, VA affiliates
  • Met with Pew Research to consult on a new survey about religion in the Black community
  • Featured on Christian AND Freethought media outlets
  • Participated in the Secular Week of Action
  • Lobbied in Washington, D.C. with the Secular Coalition for America, and other partner organizations
  • Represented the nonreligious perspective at interfaith symposiums on religious freedom in the African American community
  • Women of Color Beyond Belief Conference in Chicago, IL, co presented with Black Skeptics Los Angeles and the Women’s Leadership Project.
  • BN SeaCon 2019
  • Collaborated with partner organizations on secular holiday events

2020 has already been off to an exciting start. From participating in MLK Celebration events to co-signing a Supreme Court Amicus brief along with American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, and Ex-Muslims of North America, we are getting ready for another busy, yet productive year. But we can’t do this without you, so please consider a tax-deductible contribution today.

Thank you all once again for making 2019 such a wonderful year, and here’s to 2020 and beyond!!!

Sincerely,

Mandisa Thomas
Founder and President
Black Nonbelievers
“Walking by Sight, NOT Faith!
#BNchangeslives

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Don’t Miss Your Last Chance!

Black Nonbelievers will be back on the high seas again in 2020! This time, we will embark on a 7-night adventure aboard the Carnival Magic. From November 14-21, join us for another installment of fun, exciting speakers. This time, we will also be hosting dancing lessons and workshops!

Deposits are due by today, January 15th. Don’t delay; secure your space today!

Stops include Grand Cayman Island, Belize, and Mexico. Just some of our speakers are Bridgett Crutchfield, Candace Gorham, Drai Salmon, Mandisa Thomas, and Ashton P. Woods. There will be mindfulness meditation and salsa dancing as well!

On November 13th, there will be a pre-cruise reception prior to the ship leaving the next day. Your registration covers all of this great content as well as your room, ports fees, and taxes. Prices begin at $800 per person in a double occupancy room.

Submit your $150 deposit today.

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Spreading peace, joy, and reason this season

How do you celebrate the season?

As we come to the end of another journey around the sun, atheists, agnostics, humanists, and all nonreligious will celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We’ll enjoy our favorite traditions and make the holidays our own by adding clever secular twists to old ideas.

Join Black Nonbelievers, and other Secular Coalition for America member organizations, in our #MySecularHoliday campaign highlighting the wide variety of ways that nontheists celebrate the holidays. We’ll be collecting and sharing stories about how secular people celebrate the holidays and what this time of year means to them.

Our goal is to spread the word about the fun, festive, and creative ways that secular people come together to spend time with loved ones. The holidays are an occasion for people to come together, not be divided along religious lines. Instead of falling for the religious right’s contrived “War on Christmas,” let’s use this opportunity to shine a light on our community and spread some holiday cheer.

Give the gift of visibility to the secular community by sharing your story: Tell us how you celebrate the holidays as a nontheist by using the hashtag #MySecularHoliday across all social media channels.

Whether you’re a person of faith or no faith, holiday cheer is for everyone. Whatever your reason for the season, we hope it’s a merry one!

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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!

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Such an exciting 2019!

On this Giving Tuesday, we hope that you will keep Black Nonbelievers in your heart and mind. We’ve done so many exciting events, and had so many successes, this year that we’ve been overjoyed to share them with you.

Women of Color Beyond Belief just wrapped up, and we already announced next year’s event on September 25-27, 2020 in Chicago! Not only did we have an amazing first outing in 2019, we also led a service project that packed 11,232 meals for those suffering from food insecurity.

We hope you can join us next year, either as a veteran or as a new attendee. Register now right here, or bookmark the page to stay up to date on all the latest announcements.

This year’s SeaCon was also wild beyond belief. Not only was the ship, the Carnival Horizon, bigger this year, but we had so many more attendees, speakers, and events that it blew our minds. We were able to visit Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico; we even went to Hell on Grand Cayman!

If you couldn’t make it this year, we really hope to see you in the future! We’re already planning to hold this fantastic, inspiring event again and we want you to be part of it. This time, we will embark on a 7-night outing aboard the Carnival Magic. On November 14-21, we want you to join us for a return to all the fun; check out more information here!

In October, the Black Nonbelievers of DC collaborated with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Interfaith Alliance in order to lobby the US House of Representatives in support of the Do No Harm Act (HR 1450)! They met with many representatives, and even gained several new signatures for the legislation. They are doing powerful, important work and we could not be more proud of their efforts.

Please consider a gift in support of Black Nonbelievers as we lead the charge for a more equitable and just society.

I am also very excited to announce that our newest chapter is now formed in Columbus, Ohio! Find them on Meetup; we cannot wait to see what great things they will get up to in the near future in Columbus.

 


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!

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You Inspire Us

It was so amazing to see all of you at Women of Color Beyond Belief this month! You encourage us, inspire us, and motivate us to keep pushing forward into building more successful communities and engaging in even more powerful activism.

We’ve already been asked about repeating the conference next year. You can help make it happen right here!

 

As part of our Secure The Bag service project, 33 volunteers packed 52 boxes of fresh meals for people suffering from food insecurity! That’s 11,232 meals!

If you couldn’t make it this year, we really hope to see you in the future! We’re already planning to hold this fantastic, inspiring event again and we want you to be part of it. You can help make that happen right here!


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!

Non-Religious? Share Your Story!

If selected, join us on October 5, 2019 from 11:30 – 1:30 PM at the Women of Color Beyond Belief Conference in Chicago, Illinois to participate! Be sure to RSVP in advance in order to be approved.

We also offer childcare at the event. Please submit your request now to take advantage of this service!

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!

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