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Black Catholic Round-up (12/18/2020)

This edition of the #BlackCatholicRoundup includes reflections from Black Catholic leaders, historic donations to and from Black institutions, responses to racism from around the country, and more!

The latest entry in our #BlackCatholicRoundup series, which amplifies Black Catholic news coming from other outlets. (Note: inclusion here does not necessarily indicate BCM's full endorsement of the story's material.)


Seeking a Common Goal for the African American Community
This month The Zebra shines a light on a hidden pillar of Alexandria, Mrs. Beverly Anderson. Read the lovely interview by Shenise Foster.
Black Catholic Voices series: Sister Patricia Chappell on seeking solidarity and racial justice in society and Church
Sister Patricia Chappell, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, was interviewed as part of the Catholic Standard’s Black Catholic Voices series on Nov. 16, 2020 at the St. Ursula Chapel at the...
“Hold On” Black Catholic Congregational Song - PrayTellBlog
Black Catholics come from a lived theology where the music functions as a geographic teleportation. The song transports the singer to a new reality while singing the song.
Twins Darrell and Darnell St. Romain guest-write at PrayTell on Black Catholic liturgy.

In Memoriam

Carol Sutton, ‘mesmerizing’ New Orleans actress for half century, dies at 76 | Movies/TV |
<p>She appeared in dozens of stage productions, movies, TV shows during career spanning half-century</p>
Dance, music ministry leaders leave legacies worldwide | Georgia Bulletin
The Our Lady of Lourdes parish community recently lost two people known for sharing their faith creatively through the arts—Kenya Griffin and Kenneth W. Louis. Griffin, a dancer, was a lifelong member of the parish and Louis was the parish’s director of liturgy and music.
Kenya Griffin, founder of the Amazing Grace Liturgical Dancers, died Nov. 12 after a battle with colon cancer.


Knights, Ladies of Peter Claver provide $10K to area parishes
The donation continues more than a century of charitable works by the organization, which
Seattle Parish Partnership Builds Solidarity and Action for Racial Equity | Ignatian Solidarity Network
Two Catholic parishes in Seattle collaborated this fall in order to answer the call of the Gospel in response to racial injustice.


Students, faculty demand change in policing on Catholic campuses
During the summer of 2020, millions of people across the country joined protests against racism and police violence, leading The New York Times to suggest in June that Black Lives Matter was perhaps t...
Death penalty hits historic low ‘despite federal execution spree’
Seventeen people were executed in 2020, down from 22 in 2019. This year, more prisoners died of COVID-19 than were executed. Federal executions resumed in July after a 17-year hiatus.
Nuns founded Chicago’s oldest hospital. Today Black Catholics are fighting to keep it open.
Chicago’s oldest hospital, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1852, may soon be relegated to history.
Fall/Winter 2020 Cultural Family: African American article | USCCB
Dr. Ansel Augustine, direction of Black Catholic ministry for the DC archdiocese, reflects on the "Journeying Together" young adult listening session held by the USCCB for Black Catholics in August. Upcoming sessions can be found here.


Xavier University of Louisiana Receives $1 Million Donation from TikTok to Empower the Next Generation of Health Heroes
New Orleans, LA – Today, TikTok announced $1 million in funding to Xavier University of Louisiana as a part of their ongoing commi


Loyola’s 28th annual MLK Convocation to feature bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi - Catholic Review
New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation Jan. 20, 2021, at 7 p.m.
At least Kendi's second event in the Catholic arena during COVID, having spoken at Gesu School in Philly in November.

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