RACIAL JUSTICE

Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice and racial equity goes beyond “anti-racism” to address the systemic, sinful roots of racism. It is not just the absence of discrimination and inequities, but also the presence of deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measure.

(Adapted from https://neaedjustice.org/resources/)

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RACIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES

Black Catholic History Month Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Resources to accompany you during this month

The Subcommittee on African American Affairs (SCAAA) is the official voice of the African American Catholic community. The subcommittee attends to the needs and aspirations of African American Catholics regarding issues of pastoral ministry, evangelization, social justice, worship, development of leaders and other areas of concern. The subcommittee also seeks to be a source for the all Bishops and the entire Catholic Church in the United States. It aims to articulate the sociocultural dimension of the African American Catholic community and identify or create resources that would allow for an authentic integration of the richness of African American Catholic culture and the Catholic Church in the United States.

National Black Catholic Congress

Podcasts, Videos and a wide variety of resources

#BlackCatholicsSyllabus

This syllabus is a collection of resources related to Black Catholics in the United States. It is intended for academics, journalists, educators, diocesan institutions, parishes, congregations of women and men religious, and the general public. This syllabus prioritizes the work of Blacks in order to center the voice of Black Catholics in the creation of their own narrative. Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is a higher education professional, researcher, and inclusion & diversity specialist based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her PhD in sociology from Fordham University in 2010. A sociologist of religion by training, she is an expert in systemic racism with twenty years of experience researching and writing about how systemic racism impacts African-American For 2018-19, she was the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the President and Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC. Dr. Pratt ’95 currently serves on the Board of West Catholic Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, PA. (read more about Dr. Pratt)

Recommended Articles

National Black Catholic Congress- Recommended Books

    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
    • How To be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    • What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Oluo Ijeoma
    • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan N. Massingale
    • I am Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
    • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Videos


October 19, 2020

Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: An All Virtual Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice: October 27, 29 and 31st

from Catholic Mobilizing Network in collaboration with the Diocese of RC San Diego and the University of San Diego
Impacted persons, experienced practitioners, ministry leaders, and advocates from across the country come together to enliven approaches to justice that heal and transform. This all-virtual, highly-interactive conference experience is an opportunity for participants to learn, network, and grow together in Catholic community. For information and to register >

A diversity, equity and inclusion reading list, compiled and recommended by La Salle University faculty

La Salle University’s faculty and staff have compiled a list of books, poems, and more. They cover discrimination in many forms, from the murky period between the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to racism in nursing, education, and the U.S. prison system.


October 5, 2020
God is beyond race and gender. It’s time our sacred art is too.  Father Bryan Massingale

https://uscatholic.org/articles/202009/god-is-beyond-race-and-gender-its-time-our-sacred-art-is-too/

An Invitation from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men

The Next Step: Implementing Antiracism Policies and Procedures
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. ET
While we know that racism and its effects have impacted this country for over 400 years, the urgent call to action issued this summer demands a response from all people of faith and good will. Many leaders and administrators spent the past few months reading books on U.S. history, encountered new terms like “antiracism,” and held listening sessions within their organizations, schools, and parishes.
This interactive webinar is designed to explore the next step, the movement from learning to doing. Denis Okema, the inaugural director of diversity and inclusion at Cristo Rey Philadelphia and a longtime advocate for human rights and peace building, will lead a discussion on key topics such as combating biases, assessing organizational culture, pursuing equity in hiring and human resources, training staff, cultivating affinity groups, and retaining underrepresented groups. Register here.

September 21, 2020

DC Archbishop Gregory and Others Discuss Racism and Faith

Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. participated in a dialogue with others concerning the ongoing protests across the nation that were sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody.


September 7, 2020

On September 24 International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU), which represents the 64 institutions across the world, invites you to Global Perspectives on Racism livestream event  9:00 am EDT

The Panelists

    • Dr. Kristi J. Kelly from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
    • Brother Armin Luistro, FSC, PhD from the Philippines
    • Dr. Jamil Khader from Bethlehem University, Palestine
    • Brother Francisco Pérez from Guatemala
    • Moderator: Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, D.Min from La Salle University, Philadelphia

For additional information and to register for this event, please visit this site: Global Perspectives on Racism


August 31, 2020

Bellow, Kathleen Dorsey.  “Black Catholic Women: Voice Embodied”. National Catholic Reporter, July 8, 2020.

Clarke, Kevin. “After weeks of protest and calls to defund the police, where do we go from here?”, America, June 12, 2020.

Gehring, John.  “Necessary Bluntness:  Archbishop Gregory’s Stand for Integrity”, Commonweal Magazine, June 9, 2020.


August 17, 2020

Let The Holy Spirit Guide How We Talk About Race by Grace Ji-Sun Kim. To make conversations about race more productive, use different metaphors for God.

What Will It Take To Redeem The Soul of America? by Bryan Massingale. Racism today is revealed in the pervasive lack of concern to the horrors and scandals unfolding in our midst.

Check Your White Privilege a U.S. Catholic interview with Sister Helen Prejean. The eye-opening experience that sparked her lifelong commitment to justice.


August 10, 2020

#Black Catholic Syllabus – Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, Curator

This syllabus is a collection of resources related to Black Catholics in the United States. It is intended for academics, journalists, educators, diocesan institutions, parishes, congregations of women and men religious, and the general public. This syllabus prioritizes the work of Blacks in order to center the voice of Black Catholics in the creation of their own narrative.

Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is a higher education professional, researcher, and inclusion & diversity specialist based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her PhD in sociology from Fordham University in 2010. A sociologist of religion by training, she is an expert in systemic racism with twenty years of experience researching and writing about how systemic racism impacts African-American For 2018-19, she was the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA. She is also the President and Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC. Dr. Pratt ’95 currently serves on the Board of West Catholic Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, PA. (read more about Dr. Pratt)


August 3, 2020

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Representative John Lewis

Billings, Cora Marie. “Saved by Grace: Striving for a more racially just and equal church”
America, June 24, 2014.

Christian, Gina. “Work for racial justice starts with study of Black Catholic experience”
CatholicPhilly.com, June 23, 2020.


July 27, 2020

John Lewis

On July 17, 2020, our nation and the world lost two Civil Rights heroes. May we be inspired to engage in “good trouble.” for the sake of God’s Kingdom of peace, justice and equality for all.

John Lewis: Good Trouble
In her intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’s life and legacy, director Dawn Porter takes us through his more than 60 years of extraordinary activism-from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights’ movement to the legislative powerhouse he is today. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. Lewis continues to protect civil rights today as a sitting Member of Congress. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and still calls on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble.” JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is a moving tribute to the real hero at the forefront of many hard-won battles for lasting change. Watch this video.

Rev. C.T. Vivian, legendary civil rights leader, reflects on his life.  Cordy Tindell Vivian was an American minister, author, and close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Vivian resided in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc.
Listen to his message of hope.


July 13, 2020

Books That Help Us Understand Race, Racism and Social Justice in the United States

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Detroit School Busing Case by Joyce Baugh


July 6, 2020

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is the Albert LePage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. She is completing her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States. Follow her on social media and read her articles at America MagazineNational Catholic Reporter, and U.S. Catholic.

Fr. Bryan Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. Buy his book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. You can also read his work in National Catholic Reporter and U.S. Catholic

Georgetown University School of Law: Rethinking Policing: Activism and Reform
The police killing of George Floyd has spurred mass protests and a national conversation on ending police brutality and racial injustice. This series aims to educate and empower individuals, communities and the next generation of leaders pursuing meaningful change.https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/rethinking-policing-series-activism-and-reform/

June 29, 2020

Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race? America Magazine

Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism USCCB

Combating Racism USCCB

I Can’t Breath – A Litany for Justice Fr. Rafael Garcia S.J.


June 22, 2020

How Catholic vigils for racial justice can center the black experience

Podcast: Pope Francis challenges pro-life Catholics on racism

The Educational Service of the Poor and the Promotion of Justice: A Report General Council of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015
A Pastoral Letter by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. Bishop of Belleville, Illinois


June 15, 2020

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe Gratefulness Network


June 8, 2020

Catholic Resources for Racial Justice

Lasallians Call for Racial Justice 


June 1, 2020

Articles, podcasts, videos, posters

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Statement by United Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Death of George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

How Can Catholics Help Lead the Fight Against Racism?

Education for Justice

Message from DENA Visitor Dennis Lee

Watch Now: Responding to Racism

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