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National Conference Call - On February 2, 2017, a National Conference Call was held in which
diocesan directors, coordinators and liaisons for African American
Catholics/Multicultural Ministry participated to discuss what is being
done in the (arch)dioceses to respond to concerns about law enforcement,
mass incarceration and valuing
Black lives. Read the diocesan reports, homilies, and articles provided by participants of the call.
USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace In Our Communities - Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, and chairman of the Special Task Force to Promote Peace In Our Communities shares the final report and recommendations for promoting peace along with activities for (arch)dioceses for the National Day of Prayer For Peace in Our Communities (September 9th).
The Racial Divide in the United States - Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville (Illinois) shares his thoughts on racism in his The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015. The document includes a study guide for the pastoral letter. Also, read the companion piece, The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited (Feb. 2016).
Letter from Birmingham Jail Study Guide - In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Christian Churches Together, one of the largest ecumenical organizations in the U.S., offered a response and created a Study Guide to facilitate reflection either for groups or individuals. The webpage for this important document also has an additional introduction for Catholics to the Study Guide and an introductory letter from Bishop Madden and Bishop Flores.
Rebuilding the Bridge: 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement - In the coming year, the U.S. will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of several important civil rights milestones. To commemorate these important events and the contributions of many Catholics to the civil rights movement, Cultural Diversity in the Church and African American Affairs, in collaboration with several other organizations, has launched Rebuilding the Bridge: African American Affairs' 50th Anniversary Initiative. Check back regularly throughout the year for resources, events and other information.
Reconciled Through Christ - Published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this publication explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics.
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism - In
2001, several bishops brought together a series of essays on the
perspective of the different cultural families and on racism in general.
Their insight remains relevant today and still relevant excerpts, collated in 2013, are available. Read Bishop Edward K. Braxton's essay titled "Take Into Account Various Situations and Cultures" from the series.
Brothers and Sisters to Us - The pastoral letter on racism by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 1979 explains how racism divides society. The Executive Summary Report on the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Racism outlines the Church's progress in meeting the goal outlined in the pastoral letter.
Find more information and resources regarding the issue of racism on USCCB's Racism webpage.
The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL) provides a variety of resources each year for prayer and action for protecting human life and dignity. Below are a few of the upcoming events and resources available through the NBCAL:
Below are some video and audio resources available:
June is Torture Awareness Month and June 26 is the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. The focus of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), a USCCB partner, now includes ending torture in U.S. prisons and campaigning against solitary confinement. Help end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture by downloading a free toolkit of resources from NRCAT.
Black History Month
As we celebrate Black Catholic History Month, check out some of these great leaders of African descent who are On The Road to Sainthood.
Honor Black History Every Day!
Check out the biographies and autobiographies reviewed on Recommended Reading about Inspiring African Americans. These reviews highlight the inspiring lives of persons of African decent. We will continue to update this page, so keep checking back for new ideas for an inspiring read.
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