Shelley Segal in Atlanta – October 7th, 2013 – Press Release.

Atlanta Freethought Society

4775 N. Church Lane

Smyrna GA 30080

AFS is a 501(c)(3) educational organization



 Black Nonbelievers, Inc.


20 September 2013 CE                             NEWS RELEASE—for immediate release


An Evening with Shelley Segal

Monday, 7 October, 7 p.m.

A Special AFS/BN Program


(Atlanta) Black Nonbelievers, Inc. of Atlanta (BN) President Mandisa Thomas announced that BN and the Atlanta Freethought Society(AFS) will “join forces to present to the Atlanta area an internationally known and acclaimed performer and secular activist, Shelley Segal of Melbourne, Australia.” AFS President Rick Pace noted that Segal has gotten rave reviews “from all over, with people calling her singing and music ‘beautiful,’ ‘stunning,’ ‘inspiring’ and more. Her international activism on behalf of secularism just reinforces why we’re so proud to have her perform at AFS Hall.” A flyer for the event is attached (or can be sent) and may be used in media publications of all kinds. Both Thomas and Pace expressed great satisfaction at “the joint efforts to enrich the lives of our members and the community with events such as these.”



The program, with a $5 suggested admission donation and open to the public, is expected to draw a full house of music and freethought lovers, so everyone is encouraged to come early to be assured of a seat. The program will start at 7 p.m. at AFS Hall, 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna 30080(just off Atlanta Road, inside the I-285/ perimeter—exit 16). “We welcome those who are not freethinkers but who just want to see our historic building or to hear Shelley Segal. All freethinkers are of course welcome—and we hope that they will decide to join as members in due course,” said Pace.


The Atlanta Freethought Society is a member-run (all volunteer) non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization. The freethought hall that AFS owns and restored was a church from 1866, when it was built, until 2001. Regular AFS meetings, free and open to the public, are held on the second Sunday afternoon of every month, with a variety of other events and activities each month as well. The regular meeting usually features a speaker (often nationally known) on religion, freethought, science, history, or some combination of these. AFS has published, under the auspices of its press—Freethought Press—seven books and dozens of calendars, brochures, and flyers. AFS has often led protests against church-state violations. 


Black Nonbelievers, Inc., is a non-profit fellowship of nonbelievers in the Atlanta area that is dedicated to providing an informative, caring, festive and family friendly environment. We strive to connect with other Blacks (and their allies) who are living free of religion and irrational beliefs, and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends. Instead of accepting dogma, we seek to determine truth and morality through reason and evidence.


BN welcomes all regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, age, national origin or race. We extend a caring embrace to all who wish to participate in exploring a meaningful rational life.


The mission of Black Nonbelievers is to…
• Provide secular fellowship.
• Nurture and support nonbelievers in coming out.
• Promote atheist pride.
• Organize nonbelievers for charitable causes.





For more information, on this program or on AFS or BN more generally, please visit our websites,, or call any of these leaders:


Mandisa Thomas, BNA President, (404) 213-9655

Rick Pace, AFS President, (770) 912-6974

Steve Yothment, AFS VP for Internal Communications/Programs, (770) 722-3171

Michael Buckner, AFS VP for External Communications, (404) 245-8980