Mandisa Thomas (she/her/hers) is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism, and Islam.
Mandisa has many media appearances to her credit, including CBS Sunday Morning, CNN.com, and Playboy, The Humanist, and JET magazines. She has been a guest on podcasts such as NPR’s Code Switchand 1A, as well as the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. Mandisa currently serves on the Board for Humanist Global Charity, and previously for American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Foundation Beyond Belief (now GO Humanity), and the Secular Coalition for America.
In 2022, Mandisa was featured on the Atlanta billboard and newspaper ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “I’m Secular and I Vote” campaign. She is also the recipient of multiple honors, including the 2022 Wolfson award, and co-recipient of the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year.