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Black Catholic Round-up (3/15/2021)

The latest Black Catholic Round-up includes several features on the St Augustine Purple Knights, a new initiative at Georgetown U, multiple Black Catholic documentaries, and more.

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


Georgetown University Establishes Racial Justice Institute, Hires 3 Co-Leaders
Georgetown University has established a new interdisciplinary institute to address racial injustice and racial inequities within society, fulfilling one of a series of commitments the university made to combating racial inequality in 2016. The Racial Justice Institute will promote interdisciplinary…


Striking the right chord
When the identical St. Romain twins first came home from the hospital in Baton Rouge, La., in September 1984, their father immediately set up to play instrumental music in their bedroom 24/7. David St. Romain was certain that little Darnell and Darrell would benefit from the constant melodies.

‘Phantom Phoenix’ comic books will feature characters inspired by Chicago heroes, historical figures
It’s the first comic book series from Voyage Comics & Publishing, a Wisconsin publisher that specializes in Catholic-oriented entertainment.
Preslaysa Williams: Hallmark and Hard Topics
In the first installment of this series, I shared a study that showed the stark contrast between the ethnic and racial demographics of global Christianity and that of the leading public figures in Christian—especially Catholic—media in the United States. Focusing


Black Catholic Voices: Reflecting on legacy of her historic parish, St. Augustine, Dena Grant says ‘they kept the faith’
(Dena Grant, a lifelong member of St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C., was interviewed for the Black Catholic Voices series on Jan. 12, 2021 by Mark Zimmermann, the Catholic Standard’s...


St. Vincent provided solid foundation for families of Nashville’s Black academic leaders - Tennessee Register
The school, operated by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament from 1932-2009, educated the children of two Fisk presidents
Louisiana Public Broadcasting Presents | Louisiana’s Black Church: The Politics of Perseverance | Season 2021 | Episode 3
How has the Black Church helped Louisiana’s African American community persevere?

Young people

New Covenant House director identifies with youth
Meet Rheneisha M. Robertson, the new executive director of Covenant House New Orleans, a safe haven for homeless and human-trafficked youth ages 16-22.



Pressing Forward and Fearing Nothing: A New Adventure
December 1, 2020 President Reynold Verret c/o Mr. Phillip Adams and Dr. Anne McCall Xavier University of Louisiana One Drexel Drive New Orleans, LA 70125 Dear President Verret, Mr. Adams, and Dr. McCall: It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write to tender my resignation as the assistant vice pr…
Departure announcement (and critique) from Dr. David Robinson Morris, founder of the university's social justice center.

St Aug

How the St. Augustine Marching 100 ended up on ’60 Minutes’: ‘It was very kismet’
St. Augustine High School and its famed Marching 100 are the subject of a “60 Minutes” profile scheduled to air Sunday.
New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School Marching Band, the self-proclaimed “Best Band in the Land”
Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the band that desegregated Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and is now playing through the pandemic.
Will Sutton: New Orleans’ St. Aug Purple Knights rise with excellence, purple pride.
Imagine a high school winning seven first-place finishes to win its first track meet of the outdoor season.