In this episode we talk with Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., about the unique challenges and opportunities for black Americans who are leaving faith and religion behind.

Mandisa Thomas was the keynote speaker at this year’s Secular Student Alliance Conference in Los Angeles and the recipient of the 2019 SSA Backbone Award. The SSA Backbone Award is given annually to a leader whose dedication and work over many years has been foundational in the cause of secular humanism, civil rights, freedom, and equality.

Mandisa has a number of media appearances to her credit, including CBS Sunday Morning, CNN.com, Playboy, The Humanist, and JET magazines. She has been a guest on podcasts such as The Humanist Hour and Ask an Atheist, as well as the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. Mandisa currently serves on the boards for American Atheists and the Reason Rally Coalition, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America. She also is an active speaker, and has presented at conferences and conventions for Freedom from Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and many others.

Mandisa was named the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year, and was also named the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Freethought Heroine for 2019.

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