Black Nonbelievers of Dallas is a project of the Fellowship of Freethought that is dedicated to providing an informative, caring, festive and family friendly environment for Blacks (and their allies). We strive to connect with freethinkers and atheists of color who are living free of religion and irrational beliefs, and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends. Instead of accepting dogma, we seek to determine truth and morality through reason and evidence.
What is Black Nonbelievers?
Black Nonbelievers, Inc. was founded in January 2011 by Ben Burchall and Mandisa Thomas to provide a social support system for Blacks and other people of color living their lives without religion. The national chapter based in Atlanta meets regularly with Black Humanist, Atheist, and Freethinking guest speakers of color. The organization also sponsors various local groups and local activities including the Atlanta Recovering from Religion group.
Why Black Nonbelievers of Dallas?
Although the local Dallas–Fort Worth secular community has done an exceptional job promoting secular diversity locally, the unique cultural experience of being a Black nonbeliever is something that many non-Blacks cannot fully understand. As a follow-up to 2012’s successful African Americans for Humanism campaign, many nonbelievers of color in Dallas and the surrounding area have asked for something uniquely theirs. In response, the Diversity Council of the Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, in partnership with the Fellowship of Freethought Dallas, has decided to bring a local chapter of Black Nonbelievers to Dallas.