Being Black and Nonreligious: Connecting with the Data

  • 10/20/2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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  • Being Black and Nonreligious: Connecting with the Data

    This event is hosted by American Atheists and Black Nonbelievers. Register at:

    Despite stereotypes that all Black Americans are religious, Black nonreligious people form thriving communities and are an essential part of the broader secular movement. Find out more about this population in this American Atheists and Black Nonbelievers joint report on Black nonreligious Americans. Join our panel to discuss the data in the report, the mental health impacts of being stigmatized by family and community, and the importance of building vibrant and inclusive local secular groups.

    Our Presenters:
    Alison Gill is American Atheists’ Vice President for Legal & Policy, managing the organization’s federal and state advocacy for religious equality and litigation activities to protect the separation of religion and government. Alison is a nationally recognized expert on civil rights law and state advocacy.

    Debbie Goddard is American Atheists’ VP of Programs. She has over two decades of experience as an organizer and activist, including 15 years at the Center for Inquiry. Debbie led CFI's outreach campaigns and was director of African Americans for Humanism.

    Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Mandisa also currently serves on the Boards for American Atheists and the American Humanist Association, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief, Secular Coalition for America, and the Reason Rally Coalition.

    Suandria Hall is a mental health counselor and life coach, servicing clients across the globe. She focuses on life transitions and religious trauma. After realizing there was a lack of support available to those experiencing religious trauma due to a change in beliefs, her goal to be a resource and safe place for others questioning belief or transitioning altogether.