St. Ambrose grads encouraged to make a difference


By Anne Marie Amacher

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Davenport’s St. Ambrose University May 11. Sr. Moore was the commencement speaker who spoke on racial justice, her march in Selma, Ala., in 1965 and challenges to students today.

MOLINE, Ill. — Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, participated in a 1965 march in Selma, Ala., in pursuit of equal voting rights for African Americans and described that nerve-wracking experience to new graduates of St. Ambrose University in Davenport.  She encouraged them to make a difference, too.
Sr. Moore, also featured in the PBS documentary, “Sisters of Selma,” delivered the commencement address to 679 graduates during St. Ambrose’s spring commencement held May 11 at the i wireless Center in Moline.
“Race Matters” was the theme of the university’s 2012-13 academic year, focusing on racial justice as part of its commitment to social justice. Sr. Moore has had a lifelong commitment to both.

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