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.
Mandisa was featured in the April 30th issue of JET magazine, has been a guest speaker with such organizations as the Secular Humanists of the Low Country, Humanists of Florida and American Atheists. She has been also been a guest on podcasts including: The Critical Eye, Ask an Atheist, and the Black Freethinkers Blogtalk Radio Show. In addition to her continuing work as an activist, she has expanded her professional horizons and created MLT’s Elevation Station, an agency that offers booking, management and business writing services to independent musicians.
As 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 overtones.
Mandisa’s travel schedule is usually relegated to weekends & federal holidays. Compensation is negotiable; usually travel, accommodations and meals, with either a honorarium and/or a chance to sell BN merchandise. She normally speaks about group organizing, how and why atheists should speak out, sex and sexuality, and how to increase the secular presence in the black community.