Mandisa Thomas

Mandisa Thomas

Mandisa Thomas is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers. She has multiple media appearances to her credit, including CBS Sunday Morning,, and Playboy, The Humanist, and JET magazines. She has been a guest on shows such as NPR’s 1A and The Humanist Hour, as well as the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. Mandisa currently serves on the Boards for American Atheists and is the current chair of the board nominating committee for the American Humanist Association, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America. She is also an active speaker and has presented at conferences for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and many others.

Mandisa was named the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year.  
 As the president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., Mandisa works to encourage more Blacks to come out and stand strong with their nonbelief in the face of such strong religious pressures.

[TED Talk-style Presentation]  Why We Keep Going

Perseverance is often at the heart of movements, especially when times get rough. Mandisa Thomas will explain why it’s important to keep going, and to continue to build better communities.

[SUNDAY SUMMIT Panel Discussion] Walking the Talk: How to Diversify Secular Groups

Although there have been numerous discussions about improving diversity and inclusion within the secular community, many groups still struggle with effectively doing so. Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, will lead a panel discussion on how to implement actions that will increase and retain a more diverse membership and also provide opportunities for collaboration.