When Michaela Ivory was a freshman at Butler University, she wasn’t particularly interested in pledging to a sorority. But after meeting members of the Sigma Gamma Rho community and seeing the care and concern they had for others, she changed her mind and joined the sorority, which is one of the legendary Divine Nine.
Today, on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd – a Black man killed by police officer Derek Chauvin — Catholic leaders reflect on the renewed attention paid to racial justice this past year and acknowledge the essential role of the Church on the long road ahead.
It has been five months since George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis — a tragedy that unleashed massive protest demonstrations in cities across the country and ushered in a new era of racial reckoning in America.
Planned Parenthood has voiced solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement, prompting pro-life leaders from African American communities to challenge the abortion provider with this question: “Will you confront the iniquity that your abortion practices perpetrate against Black lives? Will you fight the racism that targets Black lives in the womb?”
The Black Lives Matter movement has also spawned a fresh look at the quality, or lack of quality of the health care pregnant Black women receive in the U.S.
The woman dropped to her hands and knees, landing in the puddle of black paint she just splashed onto the “Black Lives Matter” mural on the pavement outside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue.
Bishop Edward Braxton says the debate over Confederate and Civil War monuments is not a black and white issue, but one that should be engaged via local and communal discussions.
Dear Editor: Regarding the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando July 6, Gail DeGeorge’s July 22 article, “Convention Tells Bishops: Support Black Lives Matter,” states that Auxiliary Bishop Fernand Cheri III of New Orleans, La., told the convention: “I apologize to you as a leader of the church because I feel we have abandoned you in the Black Lives Matter movement and I apologize.”
President Obama has come to the defense of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid for their kneeling on one knee during the playing of our national anthem before a game in San Diego, as their sign of protest to what they consider is the practice of police brutality within the African-American community.
All you need is Just a Touch of Faith, that was the message at this year’s Brooklyn Diocese Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns Praise Prayer Brunch.