BBC World Service: Atheists in Black America

In the United States, religion – in particular Christianity – is a driving force behind African-American culture.  Under slavery and segregation, the black church provided both spiritual and social services to African-Americans.

Today, many African-Americans see anything short of embracing religion as not just heretical but a denial of one’s very blackness. But a growing number of African-Americans openly don’t believe in God or the church.

In this in-depth report, I look at how African American atheists are trying to make their voices heard to gain acceptance in their community.

A big, special thanks to scholar Sikivu Hutchinson and musician Landon Taylor and producer Roy Hurst. They’re people you might not hear much of if it all in the story, but who were instrumental in making it all come together.

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