Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monastery,Seminary Event

Dr. Cecilia Moore to present Black History Lecture

Tuesday, February 7
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater

Dr .-Cecilia -Moore -for -webDr. Cecilia Moore, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.

Her lecture, "Hidden in Plain View: Black Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement," will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at 7 p.m. Central Time in St. Bede Theater.

This lecture presents the hidden history of Black Catholics and their allies in advancing the agenda of the modern civil rights movement.

It looks at the role of Black Catholics in the late 1890s in New Orleans who challenged the Jim Crow policies in the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case of 1896 to Black Catholics working for civil rights in society and church in the 1920s and 1930s through the Federated Colored Catholics to the many individual Catholics who in the 1960s participated in important civil rights initiatives, including the March on Washington and the Selma Campaign.

The lecture also will consider the contemporary Catholic Church in the United States and its relationship to current efforts to retain and expand civil rights, particularly for African Americans.

Dr. Moore is an alumna of Sweet Briar College and earned a PhD in American religious history from the University of Virginia. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history with a focus on Black Catholics. She also is an adjunct professor of Xavier University of Louisiana's Institute for Black Catholic Studies. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at St.Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 during business hours.