Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is the leadership core of the Black Humanist Alliance. This team is responsible for decision-making that guides the programmatic vision and growth of the BHA mission.

Anthony Pinn, Chief Advisor for Strategy & Programming

Professor, author and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning in Houston, Texas, and Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies in Washington, D.C.

Xandelyn Wright, Co-chair

Secular humanist and educator. Her research interests include secularism at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Christian Privilege in the Black community and Higher Education, and the role of leadership in the influence and assistance of marginalized groups in the navigation of intersections of race, gender, and religion/spirituality in school settings. She is also one of the founding members of Houston Black Non-Believers.

Ashton Woods, Co-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. 

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.

Seon Lewis

Secular humanist originally from the Caribbean Island of Grenada. He is the author of the book Apostate! No More Bazoodee: A Grenadian Quest to Think Outside the Box. He is a committed advocate for humanism and social justice.

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.