Five Fierce Humanists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief

Presentations from the women who graced the July/August 2018 cover of The Humanist magazine.

The Five Fierce Humanists:  Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief!!

  • Bridgett “Bria” Crutchfield

  • Candace Gorham

  • Sikivu Hutchison

  • Liz Ross

  • and Mandisa Thomas

Introduction by Christopher Cameron

IT IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT that black women have served as the backbone of the black church since its inception. Black women raised funds for church buildings, evangelized for their churches around the world, and constituted the majority of members in denominations such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It should come as no surprise, then, that black women have made the modern black freethought movement possible. Among the most significant developments in this movement over the past thirty years has been its institutionalization, and here, as always, black women have played leading roles. Whether it has been the establishment of local groups like the Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, 
founded by Sikivu Hutchinson, or the creation of national organizations such as Black Nonbelievers, Inc., founded by Mandisa Thomas, African-­American women have indelibly stamped their imprint on the freethought movement. They have pushed both black and white freethinkers to broaden their conceptions of humanism and have shown that despite arguments to the contrary, feminism is not only compatible with humanism but is also a central part of what it means to be a humanist. The black women freethinkers featured here, as well as the thousands who aren’t, push us to consider the central role of social justice activism in both our freethought activities and in our daily lives.