Black History Month

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Father Augustus Tolton.

Black Catholic history is for everyone, Catholic educator says

Feb 12, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“Being Catholic is an overarching, cross-racial identity. There is no outgroup in the Catholic Church,” said Kaye Crawford, who founded... Read more

Sister Thea Bowman and Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Meet the 6 American Black Catholics who are on the road to sainthood

Feb 28, 2023

By Jim Graves

At the end of Black History Month, Catholics would do well to recall that there are currently six African American... Read more

Sister Brenda Cherry (right) attests to the long legacy of teaching by the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

Servant of God Mother Mary Lange and the rich history of Black Catholic religious orders

Feb 28, 2023

By Jim Graves

Two centuries ago, Mary Elizabeth Lange emigrated to the United States from Cuba and joined a friend to offer free... Read more

Daniel Rudd, ca. 1915.

Black Catholic journalist Daniel Rudd was born a slave. He left a legacy.

Feb 25, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

In the wake of the American Civil War, the former slave Daniel Rudd launched a newspaper that sought to inform... Read more

Photo courtesy of Xavier University

The historically black Catholic university founded by a saint

Feb 12, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Of the 106 historically black colleges in the United States, only one is Roman Catholic - Xavier University of Louisiana.  Read more

Venerable Henriette DeLille. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

Dec 22, 2017

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life... Read more

The painful, resilient history of America's black Catholics

Feb 24, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

For Fr. Stephen Thorne, Black History Month is not only a chance to remember the struggles faced by the African-American... Read more