Two civil rights speakers to visit SAU Feb. 24


On Wednesday, Feb. 24, St. Ambrose University in Davenport will host two African-American leaders in the Catholic Church’s efforts on behalf of civil rights. The noted historian of African-American Catholic history, Father Cyprian Davis, OSB, will deliver the annual Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. His topic, “The Migration of African-American Catholics,” is part of this year’s Migration Project.  Fr. Davis’ lifetime commitment as an African-American historian has been to record the richness and diversity of Catholic life in this country, too easily lost,  and in doing so, he shows its potential for the church’s future.

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, a member of SAU President Sister Joan Lescinski’s religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, will be here on the same day. Sr. Moore is featured prominently in the PBS Documentary, “The Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change,” telling the story of the historic 1965 March on Selma, Ala.  She was not only a courageous participant in that march, but her photo appears on the documentary’s advertisement:

In addition to the evening lecture, Sr. Moore and Fr. Davis have agreed to conduct an informal Brown Bag Discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Lounge.  They will tell the story of their participation in the March on Selma and lead a discussion about where our country stands today in the struggle for civil rights.  All are welcome to both of these free events.


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