About the bha:

The Black Humanist Alliance (BHA)  is an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association (AHA) and was created to advance the interests of the Black humanist community as well as to serve as an advisory council to the American Humanist Association.

The BHA is one of the American Humanist Association’s four alliances, including the Latinx Humanist Alliance, the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance, and the Feminist Humanist Alliance. More information about these and other affiliate groups of the AHA can be found here.

Our Mission:

We are a platform dedicated to a more inclusive humanism.

BHA promotes humanism that is committed to inclusion, racial justice, and redressing religious hegemony. We seek to reduce the marginalization of all Black People, while advancing humanist ideals through education, access, and activism. 

Our Leadership Council:

The Black Humanist Alliance is directed by an all-volunteer advisory council. The advisory council is responsible for the decision-making that guides the actions of the BHA.

Ashton Woods, Chair

Atheist, Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ activist. Because he knows what being marginalized looks and feels like, Ashton openly identifies as gay, atheist, HIV positive and unapologetically Black. He believes justice must be intersectional and reflects this life philosophy in his involvement in racial justice, LGBTQ rights and secular activism.

Sikivu Hutchinson

Humanist educator, author and founder of Black Skeptics Group and Black Skeptics Los Angeles. She is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP), a high school feminist mentoring program in South Los Angeles. Sikivu is also a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and a visiting scholar at University of Southern California’s Center for Feminist Research.

Alix Jules

Dogma Debate co-host, secular activist and writer commonly involved in issues and topics regarding the role of diversity in the atheist community as well as atheism in diverse communities. He's the former chair of the Dallas – Fort Worth Coalition of Reason’s Diversity Council and is a founding member of the Fellowship of Freethought, a family-based organization founded on the values of secular humanism and charitable principles.

Candace Gorham

Atheist therapist and author. She is a former evangelical minister who founded the Ebony Exodus Project, an exploration into the reasons that record numbers of black women are leaving the church. In addition to ongoing work as a counselor, Gorham is a member of The Clergy Project and the Secular Therapist Project.