In the News
AAH advisor and Black Nonbelievers president Mandisa Thomas discusses her experiences as a black nonbeliever with DJ MODoubt on his Detroit-based radio show Eargasm.
AAH advisor Mandisa Thomas discussed how to increase secular efforts in the black community to students and community member at Indiana University in February. The audio recording of her talk was recently released.
Bridgett Crutchfield, founder of the Minority Atheists of Michigan, explains why minority groups are an increasingly important facet of the secular and freethought movement. Bridgett's realization about minority atheist groups and their importance stems from personal experience and discussion with other minority atheists.
Bridgett Crutchfield, founder of the Minority Atheists of Michigan, discusses her reasons for starting the group.
"The number of blacks who identify as nonreligious increased from 6 percent in 1990 to 11 percent in 2008, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. At the same time, blacks remain far more religious than most Americans. They have the highest percentage of church membership of any racial group — 87 percent — and the highest percentage of people who say they absolutely believe in God, Pew says. This leaves black atheists in the no man's land between the black community they grew up in and the predominantly white world of atheists, agnostics and nonbelievers."
"WASHINGTON – The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers (DoS) is held annually on the final weekend in February. Nonbelievers use this day as an opportunity to build genuine communal relationships and launch a wave of activism among non-theists of color."
"Even as Black History month prepares to close out its final week, this Sunday marks the emergence of a nascent movement that promises a radical new direction for many in African-American communities. As it has for the past couple of years now, the fourth Sunday of February has been designated the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers, a call for unity among the relatively small but fast-growing ranks of African-American atheists, agnostics and freethinkers."
"I celebrate Sikivu Hutchinson as a Black atheist who is challenging what it means to be a Black person and an atheist. Contrary to popular belief, not all Black people are religious, and not all atheists are White. There is a growing number of Black atheists who insist on our voices being heard. Hutchinson is at the forefront of this growing segment of the Black and atheist communities."
"Just about a year ago, Dallas's atheist community announced a new billboard in South Dallas, celebrating 'black atheists and freethinkers.' This year, just in time for the tail end of black history month, the Fellowship of Freethought, Dallas' largest atheist group, is announcing a spinoff organization for its black members. Called Black Nonbelievers of Dallas, it's launching Sunday and will be the first dedicated black atheist organization in Texas."
"When [AAH advisor] Mandisa Thomas asked the small, diverse audience how many black atheists they knew, only one black student raised his hand. He went on to state he had only one friend he knew was atheist."
"What is it like to be an African American who doesn’t praise Jesus Christ or Allah? Or one who doesn’t ascribe to a denomination of Christianity, such as Baptist, Methodist or Pentecostal, that’s part of a historically black church?"
"The belief in God is one of the greatest mysteries to mankind. And it is that belief that has shaped and transformed our very existence. There are 21 major religions in the world with a multitude of subsects. There is also an additional 1 billion people, who believe in a higher power, but do not associate with a specific religion at all. With those statistics one would say that most of the us believe in some form of higher power. However, 2.3% of the world’s population identify with no religion or higher power. These individuals identify with Atheism and Mandisa Thomas falls into that category."
A new video combines person-on-the-street interviews with input from scholars and media personalities who ask whether black folk do atheism; several mention AAH Advisor Anthony Pinn's academic work advancing black humanism.
An African American freethinker is still regarded as a novelty, despite approximately 10% of the U.S. African American population identifying as nonreligious. AAH is one of the groups trying to raise the profile of this minority within a minority, both to help these people connect when they are further marginalized by their family and friends for questioning faith and to be a voice for change within the African American community. Debbie Goddard joins this MN radio show in the studio to talk about AAH's mission, what it has accomplished, and where it is going from here.
AAH Advisors Anthony Pinn and Sikivu Hutchinson comment on the rates of, and potential reasons for, religiosity among black women.
|Page 1 of 6||Next|