When Deacon Arthur Miller reflects on the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, he’s convinced at least 1% of the Money, Mississippi, community knew that it was wrong but none of them had the courage to speak out.
Black Catholics Celebrate Their Heritage, Take Active Role in the Church
Deacon Art Miller, a cradle Catholic whose grandparents moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the South Side of Chicago, grew up in a segregated society during the 1950s.
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.
A Visit to Emmett Till’s Coffin
by Effie CaldarolaOver 60 years ago, a young African American boy named Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi after an encounter with a white woman in a country store on a dusty road on a hot, humid Southern day.