Board of Directors
Director - Pat Cleveland
Co-Director - Bob Collins
Co-Director - Keith Winsell
Secretary - Rachel Doughty
Treasurer - Michelle Michaels
Historian - Alice Cleveland
Public Relations Officer - Roger Cleveland
The Alabama Freethought Association, Inc.
Roger Cleveland began his pursuit to find other freethinkers in Alabama and the rest of the South in August of 1988. Eventually, Roger communicated with Dan Barker, Public Relations Director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. With Dan's help, Roger was able to contact other southern freethinkers and began to form what is now the Alabama Freethought Association, Inc..
The first meeting of the founding group was in February, 1989. In March, 1989, a formal meeting was held in Birmingham with freethinkers from all reaches of the state of Alabama. In June, 1989, the group was recognized as a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The new chapter elected officers and formed its bylaws, deciding not to charge membership dues but instead to be supported by individual contributions.
The chapter has sponsored media appearances of its director and other officers. It has purchased advertisements in newspapers in Alabama to gain publicity and because of members' activism, the Alabama Freethought Association, Inc. has gained state and national attention.
AFA membership is open to anyone that is a dues paying member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. For more information on the AFA, please contact us.