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Confronting America's Real Sister Act

Black Catholic Nuns in United States History

November 10, 2022

Shannen Dee Williams

In this lecture, Shannen Dee Williams, associate professor of history at Dayton University, shares the little known story of a radical group of Black women and girls called to the sacred vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, who fought against racism, sexism, and exclusion to become and minster as consecrated women of God in the Roman Catholic Church. She is author of "Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle" (Duke University Press, 2022).

One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.