On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics.
In a special way, CMN regards Black Catholic History Month as an opportunity to recognize the unique contributions of Black Catholics in the movements for racial justice, restorative justice, and death penalty abolition in the United States. Learn more using the resources below.
DIGITAL TOOLKIT: Just Mercy: A Catholic Study Guide
A digital collection of reflection questions and resources about the 2019 film, Just Mercy, serve to illuminate the Church's teachings against racism and capital punishment. Access here >>
HANDOUT: Restorative Approaches in a Time of Racial Reckoning
Learn how restorative justice offers healing ways of addressing the deep harms of racial oppression and transforming the broken systems which give them rise. Download here >>
VIDEO: Top 5 Lessons from the USCCB's 2018 Pastoral Letter Against Racism
In November 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released its first pastoral letter against racism in almost 40 years. Here are 5 key takeaways >>
HANDOUT: Racism and the Death Penalty: Compounding Systems of Dehumanization
Learn how the modern U.S. death penalty system arose from our nation's ugly histories of slavery, lynching, and racial violence. Download here >>