Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement: An African American Ministry forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore
2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum was held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society.
Participants took a look at the history of American Catholics’ role in advancing and/or hindering the quest for civil rights, as well as the historical circumstances and theological commitments made by lay and religious Catholics, blacks and whites, as they fought against racism. Participants also discussed how social justice practices today reflects those of the 1950s and 60s.
The forum was held in two sessions, at two locations: Loyola Marymount University and the University of Dayton, connected via live Webconference.
- Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice
- General information on Catholic Moral Theology
- Rebuilding the Bridge, the year-long initiative of the USCCB to raise awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
- Letter on the Racial Divide in the United States by Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Forum Day 1
Forum Day 2
For the Feb. 28, 2015 session of the Forum, students at Loyola Marymount University responded to questions and points of discussion presented by undergraduate students at the University of Dayton.
The African American Ministry professional certificate program is suitable for those with some theological background as well as lay people interested in learning more about the African American culture and contributions to the global Church. It is designed to recognize the importance of African American cultural relevance in the church and will draw upon national speakers and academics noteworthy in each of the topic areas. Through readings, written assignments and discussions reflecting the richness of the topics, pastoral ministers and others interested in this crucial program of study would through these courses become more effective ministers whether in the African American Catholic or non-Catholic context.
This certificate program is not accepting new students at this time, as it is being redeveloped for an online platform. Please be sure to check back for updates, or call LMU Extension at 310.338.1971 if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience.