The past year has brought new challenges to communities across the country. Communities of color are suffering disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing has left many people more isolated than ever, leading to feelings of loneliness and depression. Black members of the atheist community often face a double dose of marginalization that compounds these feelings. Data from the U.S. Secular Survey shows that Black respondents had higher rates of depression and concealment, as well as less support from their families, than other respondents. The survey also showed that belonging to secular communities reduced depression by 33.9%. Join us to hear from Black atheist community leaders giving us their perspective on organizing in these challenging times.
Wil Jeudy is American Atheists’ Houston Assistant State Director. He was a believer for most of his life, but began his road to atheism in the early 2000s. He is now an advocate for science and reason being a driving force behind policy and society. He is a humanist, an urgent care physician, and a lover of blues, jazz, and rock.
Rogiers, a native of St. Croix, is an international recording artist and music educator. After years of church musical ministry, a journey into "free inquiry" led him to agnostic atheism in 2010. He is head of Black Nonbelievers DC and a director for Washington Area Secular Humanists.
Candace Gorham is a licensed professional mental health counselor. She is a former ordained minister turned atheist-humanist activist, researcher, and writer on issues related to race and religion. She is a member of the Black Humanist Alliance advisory board, The Secular Therapist Project, and The Clergy Project.
Debbie Goddard is American Atheists’ VP of Programs. She has over two decades of experience as an organizer and activist, including 15 years at the the Center for Inquiry. Debbie led CFI's outreach campaigns and was director of African Americans for Humanism.