Race Relations

Stories about race relations in St. Louis and the United States

Time to talk: African-American panelists share their stories of dealing with racism and prejudice

The eight African-American males, ages 15 to 70, had stories to tell.

Chris Bryant, a 1994 De Smet High School graduate, said it's difficult "when you try to tell someone about your struggle, about what it means to be a black man in America, and they're not trying to listen to you."

Conference examines depth of black-white divide in U.S.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Religious leaders, civic leaders and community members came together March 3-4 for a conference on "Black & White in America: How Deep the Divide?" in Birmingham.

Held at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, the conference addressed the need for racial reconciliation in the United States and the path to that reconciliation.

Saints Hall of Fame at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School honors universality of Church

Father Robert Rosebrough blessed the Saints Hall of Fame with students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School in Ferguson. The saints encourage the idea of the Catholic faith and the ambition to model and exemplify the call to sainthood.

With younger students squeezed into the hallway and older students gathered at either end, Father Robert Rosebrough blessed the Saints Hall of Fame.

First came the school and parish namesake, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, "who led a Revolution of Tenderness in your name," the parish pastor prayed. "We honor her who shows us the way to extend mercy."

Then, the saints, a dozen for now with room to grow.

MLK Model of Justice Award honorees explain passion for social justice

Niya Tandy's project for a class at St. Joseph's Academy was to design a plan of action to address an issue she feels passionately about.

Passion for issues comes easy for Tandy, who has a thirst for social justice. She is one of 39 students representing parishes and schools who will receive archdiocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice awards Sunday, Jan. 17.

Editorial | We’re in it for the long haul

Catholic Charities began its Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Lives program in the wake of the tornado that tore through Joplin in 2011 and has worked with thousands of volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of survivors, both in the Joplin area and southern Missouri.

Archdiocese ‘uniquely positioned’ to meet challenges in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Representatives of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission and the co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission met Dec. 17 to discuss ways to put the Ferguson report into action. Rev. Starsky Wilson from the Ferguson Commission spoke to representatives.

Before beginning a presentation about the Ferguson Report, Ferguson Commission co-chair Rev. Starsky Wilson asked for a show of hands among people attending Dec. 17 at Cardinal Rigali Center.

Who had actually read the report? And who had been to a similar presentation by Rev. Wilson and fellow co-chair Rich McClure?

Many hands went up. Rev. Wilson and McClure marveled at the affirmative responses.

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