Yard Memorial Draws Attention to African American Lives Both Lived, Lost

There is an African proverb that says, “As long as a person’s name is called, they never die.” With the spirit of that proverb in mind, John Thorne, pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and executive director of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, created a memorial in his front yard for Black men and women whose lives have been taken unjustly, complete with crosses bearing their image and name.

Transformed By a Dream

The man who spoke those words on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington redefined the American Dream by the power of his word and his faith. And that day in Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reached the zenith of his amazing oratorical gifts.

50 Years Since MLK

1968 was a year that changed history. In the Church, we saw Blessed Pope Paul VI issue his prescient encyclical, “Humanae Vitae,” in which he predicted that a contraceptive mentality would lead to an abortive reality. This has sadly proven to be the case.

50 Years After Assassination, Dr. King Is Remembered

Members of the Sister Thea Bowman Choir of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, pray before singing at a prayer service April 4 commemorating the life and mission of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.