Race Relations

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

Editorial | Dialogue on race remains essential

The civil rights era was an important time in the history of our country. Priests, religious sisters and brothers and lay Catholic faithful were involved in the struggle. We're proud of the legacy of the participation of the Catholic Church and Catholics during such historic and challenging times.

Some key points from USCCB General Assembly statement on racism

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released a statement Sept. 9, 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act addressing the importance of working against racism. Some of the points he makes are:

• We honor the many civic, business, and religious leaders, students, laborers, educators and all others of good will who courageously stood up for racial justice against bigotry, violence, ignorance, and fear. We are especially grateful for the vital contributions of the faith community during this period.

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.

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