TAMPA - African American Humanists, their struggles

Saturday, March 21st 2015 at 11:00 am
Saturday, March 21st 2015 at 12:30 am
North Tampa Library, 8916 N Blvd, Tampa, FL

Enjoy a lecture, Q&A, membership renewal (bring your checkbook), and optional after-meeting lunch.

Seating is limited to 25, so RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Tampa-Bay/?scroll=true

On Saturday, March 21, join Mandisa L. Thomas and Richard Peacock as they discuss the status of African American humanists, especially in Central Florida. Presented by 

• Center for Inquiry | Tampa Bay (CFI)

• Tampa Humanist Association

• African Americans for Humanism

After the meeting, we usually go to Olive Garden (east of the library).

Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is a founder and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism and a bit of Islam. As a child she loved reading, and enjoyed various tales of Gods from different cultures, including Greek and Ghanaian. “Through reading these stories and being taught about other cultures at an early age, I quickly noticed that there were similarities and differences between those deities and the God of the Christian Bible. I couldn’t help but wonder what made this God so special that he warrants such prevalence in today’s society,” she recalls.

A married mother of three, full time employee, singer, and avid music lover, Mandisa encourages more Blacks to come out and stand strong with their nonbelief in the face of such strong religious overtones. "The more we make our presence known, the better our chances of working together to turn around some of the disparities we face. We are NOT alone."

Richard Peacock is a fourth-generation Floridian. In 2012, he started Black Nonbelievers of Metro Orlando, also known as BNMO; he is the group’s chief organizer. He founded BNMO after being inspired by the success of Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta, now Black Nonbelievers, Inc. A former member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he now identifies as an atheist. Two of his primary goals are to create a greater awareness of the unique set of circumstances that black atheists face and to increase the visibility of black atheists within and outside of the black community. To achieve these goals, he works with a variety of local, state, and national secular organizations. Outside of his work with BNMO, Richard is an avid reader of literary fiction and nonfiction, a political news junkie, and a man who loves the Florida outdoors scene.


The Center for Inquiry values full participation at all of its events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. The library is wheelchair accessible.

If you RSVP for this event and  are unable to attend, please change your Meetup status to "No" prior to the event.

Please bring non-perishable food for Tampa Bay Harvest, our Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason food program. 

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Please keep a current CFI membership to be part of this group. Join/renew here: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/Tampa/get_involved