Bishop James Augustine Healy

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Stono's Rebellion

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Medgar Evers was an American civil rights activist from Mississippi who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and to enact social justice and voting rights. A World War II veteran and college graduate, he became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became a field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Following the 1954 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Evers worked to gain admission for African Americans to the state-supported public University of Mississippi. He also worked on voting rights and registration, economic opportunity, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society. Source

Calendar of Events

February 2017​​
The Racial Divide in the USA:
The Black Lives Matter Movement

Catholic Theological Union invites Bishop Edward Braxton, Belleville Diocese as guest. Save the Date!
To be held at the Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615.

March 2017

WWW: Well Women Witness
“In Times Like These We Need the Savior!”
Incarnation Catholic Church
880 Eastern Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
Speaker ~ Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin
8:00AM to 5:00PM, Closing Mass @ 4:00PM
For registration online:
For information: (202) 396-0942
Tickets: $60, Breakfast & Lunch Included

Xavier University Day of Reflection

Join with Black Catholics to reflect on the upcoming National Black Catholic Congress and the Ninth General Archdiocesan Synod. $20 per person. Registration due to Office of Black Catholic Ministries by 2/10. For more information contact the Office of Black Catholic Ministries at 504-861-6207 or To be held at Xavier University Center Ballroom,  Drexel Dr, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA.

Born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi, Ruby Bridges was 6 when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school, having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges' bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights action and she's shared her story with future generations in educational forums.​ n the morning of November 14, 1960, federal marshals drove Ruby and her mother five blocks to her new school. While in the car, one of the men explained that when they arrived at the school, two marshals would walk in front of Ruby and two would be behind her. 
When Ruby and the federal marshals arrived at the school, large crowds of people were gathered in front yelling and throwing objects. There were barricades set up, and policemen were everywhere. Ruby, in her innocence, first believed it was like a Mardi Gras celebration. The chaos outside, and the fact that nearly all the white parents at the school had kept their children home, meant classes weren't going to be held. Source

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William Still (October 7, 1821 – July 14, 1902) was an African-American abolitionist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conductor on the Underground Railroad, businessman, writer, historian and civil rights activist. Before the American Civil War, Still was chairman of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, and directly aided fugitive slaves and kept records to help families reunite. After the war, he remained an important businessman and philanthropist, as well as used his meticulous records to write an account of the underground system and the experiences of many refugee slaves, entitled The Underground Railroad Records(1872). Source

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"Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I said, "Send me!" Isaiah 6:8

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. She achieved her international pilot license in 1921. Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, she went into the cotton fields at a young age but also studied in a small segregated school and went on to attend one term of college at Langston University. She developed an early interest in flying, but because neither African Americans, nor women had flight school opportunities in the United States, she saved up money to go to France to become a licensed pilot. She soon became a successful air show pilot in the United States, and hoped to start a school for African American fliers. She died in a plane crash in 1926 while testing her new aircraft. Her pioneering role was an inspiration to early pilots and to the African American community. Source

Diana Hayes - An Introduction to Black Catholic History


Dr. Diana L. Hayes, STD, is Professor Emerita of Sytematic Theology at Georgetown University. She is also on the Council of Elders of the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership. This keynote, delivered January 29, 2016 at Oblate School of Theology, is about Black Catholic History and Theology. This keynote address is part of the annual Come, Taste and See Conference, held by the Sankofa Institute at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX to elevate voices in the community of black theologians and help develop those that minister to African Americans.

Ruby Bridges

William Still

Bishop James Augustine Healy was the first Catholic bishop of African descent. In 1844, at the age of 14, James traveled to Worcester to begin his studies at Holy Cross. He was baptized as Catholic a year later. James resolved to become a priest soon after. After his graduation, James was sent to a seminary in Montreal then one in Paris, where he was ordained at Notre Dame Cathedral in 1854. Returning to Boston, he became Bishop Fitzpatrick's right-hand man, serving as the first chancellor of the diocese. His abilities were widely recognized, and in 1875 the pope named him the second bishop of Portland, Maine. He served for a quarter-century, opening new parishes and bringing in new orders of sisters to staff the growing number of parochial schools. By the time of his death in 1900, he was a respected figure in the city and state, praised by civic and religious leaders. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3



Influential Black Leaders & Historical Events

March 2017


30th Annual African American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner

5:00 PM, Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202
​This event recognizes adult and youth leadership in our African American Catholic community. The primary focus of the dinner is to salute and award scholarships to our youth in order for them to further their education at Catholic high schools, technical schools and colleges. All proceeds go towards scholarships. Tickets are $70.00. 
For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Ministry at (502) 471-2146 or email


Listening with Our Lady

Fri Mar 24th 6:00pm - Sun 26th 1:00pm
Sacred Heart Residence - Little Sisters of the Poor

1655 McGill Ave, Mobile, AL 36604 
A retreat for single Catholic women aged 17 - 35 who are discerning the consecrated religious life or who would like to learn more about the vocation of religious Sisterhood. Meals and guest accommodations will be provided, as well as transportation between Mobile Regional Airport and the retreat location. Register by March 21st, 2017 or 251-591-3700. There will be no charge for the weekend.


Save the Date!
New Freedom Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala

Bring your family, friends, club, church, neighborhood and experience professional quality performances at New Freedom Theatre. Don’t miss the chance to see Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre.
​To place your order online, or call (202) 638-2367RSVP at 267.770.2488.

Slave codes were any of the set of rules based on the concept that slaves were property, not persons. In all of the slave codes the color line was firmly drawn, and any amount of African heritage established the race of a person as black, with little regard as to whether the person was slave or free. The status of the offspring followed that of the mother, so that the child of a free father and a slave mother was a slave. Slaves had few legal rights: in court their testimony was inadmissible in any litigation involving whites; they could make no contract, nor could they own property; even if attacked, they could not strike a white person. There were numerous restrictions to enforce social control: slaves could not be away from their owner’s premises without permission; they could not assemble unless a white person was present; they could not own firearms; they could not be taught to read or write, nor could they transmit or possess “inflammatory” literature; they were not even permitted to marry. Source

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The Transatlantic slave trade existed from the 15th through the 19th centuries. The vast majority of those enslaved and transported to the New World, were Africans from the central and western parts of the continent who had been sold by other West Africans to Western European slave traders, and brought to the Americas.[1] In 1526, the Portuguese completed the first transatlantic slave voyage from Africa to the Americas, and other countries soon followed.[2] Shipowners regarded the slaves as cargo to be transported to the Americas as quickly and cheaply as possible,[3] there to be sold to labor in coffee, tobacco, cocoa, sugar and cotton plantations, gold and silver mines, rice fields, construction industry, cutting timber for ships, in skilled labor, and as domestic servants. Source1 Source2Source3

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Early on the morning of Sunday, September 9, 1739, 20 black catholic slaves met in secret near the Stono River in South Carolina to plan their escape from protestant slave owners to Florida, a place where they could find refuge and freely practice Catholicism. The group of slaves grew in number as they headed south. Stono's Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in the Colonies prior to the American Revolution, was under way.  This uprising is unique in that it was motivated in great part by religion.  The Catholic slaves wanted to be free to worship as Catholics. The date of September 9th was chosen due to it's proximity to the feast of the Nativity of Mary. When the slave owners caught up with the rebels from the Stono River in 1739, they engaged the 60 to 100 slaves in a battle. More than 20 white Carolinians, and nearly twice as many black Carolinians, were killed. As a result, South Carolina's lawmakers enacted a harsher slave code. This new code severely limited the privileges of slaves. Source

Slave Codes

Bessie Coleman

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​at the four-day conference, including inspirational messages from much sought-after speakers; workshops and activities presented by leading experts in their fields of study; the opportunity to interact with bishops, priests, deacons, and members of religious communities; the opportunity to network with Black Catholics from across the United States; complimentary daily continental breakfast; lunch provided on Friday; exhibits and merchandise geared to the interests of NBCC constituents; daily Eucharistic Liturgy, including transportation to the beautiful Basilica of the Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe for Mass on opening day; and, accommodations steps away from world-class attractions
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