African/Black Atheists and Believers


African/Black Atheists and Believers

The purpose of this group is to explore, debate, and share how various religions have impacted African/Black communities throughout the world. Membership is not limited to African/Black atheists or believers.

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Mar 1, 2016

Famous African/Black Atheists or Freethinkers

The Infidel Guy site list includes A. Philip Randolph, J.A. Rogers, George Schuyler, John G. Jackson, John H. Clarke, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Frederick Douglass, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Langston Hughes, Yosef ben-Jochannan. See here for list and bios:

Discussion Forum


Started by lofton emenari Dec 21, 2013. 0 Replies

Is this Group dormant? Or just inactive due to apathy and/or low membership?Continue

Black atheists sought for interview

Started by RD Dec 3, 2010. 0 Replies

Emily Brennan, Assistant Director, Columbia University Institute forReligion, Culture, and Public Life seeks to interview African-Americanatheists for publication, hopefully in the New York Times.…Continue

Tags: African-American, African, black

Atheism and the Black Community

Started by Badiane Ka Oct 2, 2010. 0 Replies

In awareness of the recent discussion relating to CFI, here an upcoming event:…Continue

Tags: science, women, atheism, community, african

Dialogue of Reason: Science and Faith in the Black Community

Started by Badiane Ka Sep 25, 2010. 0 Replies

Tuesday, September 28, 6:30 pmCramton Auditorium, Howard University, Washington, DCFaith has traditionally played a significant role among African Americans, while science has been marginalized. It…Continue

Tags: reason, science, dialog, atheism, afro

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Comment by Gerard R. Johnson on October 27, 2013 at 9:57pm

African/Black Atheist and Believers is the name of this group is this to imply there is a unity between theist and atheist? if so please explain.

Comment by Ty Ditto on May 5, 2011 at 10:31pm
Just wanted to say hello as a newbie and curious how many people are in the NY area and are there any black atheist social groups etc. if not It would be nice to hear how you all are doing and dealing with being a minority of an minority. I am the only black Atheist I personally know lol! so it would be nice to meet or at least chat with others.  How do you deal? where do we meet? Is there a committee  or some sort and is Neil Degrause Tyson our leader? Lmao!!
Comment by Bakari Chavanu on September 2, 2010 at 4:44pm
Adriana, I don’t have a icon in mind yet, but if you do, I‘m definitely open to adding it. I didn’t even realize that an icon could be added for the group. Thanks for the suggestion.
Comment by Bakari Chavanu on September 2, 2010 at 2:36pm
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I’ll start a new thread list in which links and other resources can be added. When we get enough, I’ll try to compile it all into a document that can be downloaded and shared.
Comment by RD on September 2, 2010 at 1:52pm
I, for my part, am fairly adept at deciphering other people's code, and thus have my suspicions as to what this is all about. But on another note: I don't know that this group has any special purpose distinct from the many other black freethought groups, blogs, web sites, and organizations that have been set up in the past year and a half. A list of resources is always useful.
Comment by Bakari Chavanu on September 2, 2010 at 12:45pm
Hi everyone. I’ve sorta been missing in action on this board. I started this group, but I have been off and doing other things. Now that I come back here, I’m wondering what should be the purpose of this group?

I wrote a general purpose for the group, but I'm thinking we need something more specific—a reason for members to visit the group and keep tabs on what’s going on.

Is there some objective or project that this group could work on? Is there something we could be doing to reach out to African/African American believers who are questioning religion and their belief in a god?

Might, for example, would it be a good idea to build a list of all the blogs and YouTube videos that have been produced by African American atheists? This might be a useful resource for African Americans who seeking resources that could help them with their questions about religion and god.

This is just one idea. I’m open to others.
Comment by RD on September 1, 2010 at 1:13am
What does this mean?
Comment by RD on May 28, 2010 at 8:00am
Being around atheists is not a novelty. Being around black atheists may be, but in the late 1980s there were some black atheists in the local chapter of American Atheists, including the leader. Back in those days, American Atheists seemed to attract a number of social misfits, and in this respect, I think there has been a shift. I managed to avoid a number of irritations in my 20s because outside of the wrokplace I was mostly around artists, hippies, etc., and while many of them were into a lot of crackpot belief systems, there was no visible Christian presence. However, I couldn't avoid the Bible-humpers forever. Also, atheism is only a tiny part of intellectual life, and I've always concentrated on developing other aspects of my world view instead of rehashing the same old shit. So I view atheism as a teeny tiny thing, but I realize I've underestimated, even at this late date, the damage that has been done to others. As for the growth of black atheism, I have no data to indicate whether atheism is on the rise of the black community; I think rather that the Internet has given people an opportunity to emerge from isolation in a way that was not possible before.
Comment by RD on May 27, 2010 at 11:28pm
I'm trying to remember the number of black atheists, or at least the religiously indifferent, I've been with in one room at the same time, prior to this occasion. In many cases I would have had no way of knowing, but on occasions where I might be conscious of such things, I'm guessing the answer would be 10 at a time tops.
Comment by RD on May 27, 2010 at 11:24pm
I've known Norm for over 20 years, but haven't seen him in several. I'm guessing people get over being impressed with me before too long. Yes, it's great being around black atheists for specific reasons, but I tend to be frustrated eventually no matter what company I keep, because I think an adequate perspective on the world demands so much more. But I am reminded that this society is even more backward and barbaric than even I think it is, and of how much effort it takes to develop even a little sophistication. But yeah, I enjoyed the company of the folks I met, old and new. No complaints there.

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