Kimberly Veal is the Co-Host of Black FreeThinkers Radio and President of
Black Non-Believers of Chicago. Kimberly is focused on community outreach and scholarship.
BS: What led you to create the Black
Non-Believers of Chicago group? What are
some of the initiatives the group has undertaken and what has been the response
of the local community?
KV: I created the Black Non-Believers of Chicago
group because there is a lack of representation in the local community. In order to combat negative stereotypes about
non-believers, it is imperative that we become solutions based and
visible. BNOC will officially launch January 2012. There has been interest
and we want to make sure that we utilize all resources available. We would like to pioneer some programs and
support national programs that need local representation. Some of the initiatives that will be undertaken
are working with organizations that focus on support, HIV/AIDS outreach, food
distribution, technology training, education, and scholarship. We anticipate the initial response to be one
BS: What are some of the unique challenges that you personally have encountered as a black female non-believer?
KV: One of the unique challenges that I have personally encountered with believers is not being accepted as a non-believer,
because it is expected that I conform to the stereotypical image of a black woman. This stereotype includes me being
a faithful and dedicated member of some church with pleadings to God & Jesus coming out of my mouth every other sentence. One of the unique challenges that I have personally encountered with non-believers is being constantly asked why we have ‘black’ as a part of our name. I would
like to believe that the freethought community, as a whole, would be more supportive of minority freethinkers/non-believers and encourage our growth.
BS: Some of the most outspoken black atheist humanist activists and thinkers are female. What do you think accounts for this
KV: This dynamic seems to be prevalent in many areas. I am not quite sure why there isn’t more male
representation. However, I would encourage them to speak up and make their presence known. [Read more…]