Mandisa Thomas

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Mandisa Thomas is the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers Inc., established in 2011.[1][2] She was raised secularly, although she sang in a church choir.[1][3] In 2012 she was shown next to Langston Hughes on a billboard in Atlanta as part of a campaign sponsored by the group African Americans for Humanism.[4] In 2013 she was a speaker at the 2013 National Convention of American Atheists.[5] Also that year she organized the Blackout Secular Rally in New York, which was the first outdoor event featuring nontheists of color and the first secular rally celebrating diversity.[6] The idea for the rally was hers and Ayanna Watson's.[7]


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  2. "Mandisa Thomas on "The Alan Eisenberg Show" | Mythicist Milwaukee". 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  3. "Jet April 30, 2012 Page 36". Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  4. Kevin Eckstrom (2012-02-22). "Religion News Service | Tags | Mandisa Thomas". Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  5. "2013 National Convention Speakers | American Atheists". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  6. "Blackout Secular Rally: An Organizer’s Perspective –". Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  7. "BLACKOUT, an Interview with Mandisa Thomas". Secular Woman. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2015-04-15.