Purpose and Practices
Truth. Compassion. Equity. Peace.
The Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Justice and Peace Committee defines racial justice as the systematic, transformative, and fair treatment of all races that results in equal opportunities and outcomes for all. The foundation of our Christian faith is rooted in the knowledge that all are made in the image and likeness of God. With this truth, we are devoted to upholding the dignity of all persons through, with, and in Christ. We stand in solidarity with those facing hardship and injustice due to race. We will create spaces for dialogue, prayer, and listening, and develop activities and training that promote education and advocacy. Our goal is to be stewards of faith, hope, and love by promoting model relationships that are rooted in truth, compassion, equality, and peace.
Author Roxane Gay Speaks at 26th Annual MLK Convocation at Loyola University
In her lecture, “Roxane Gay With One N,” the author will discuss social issues as it relates to her ongoing work in feminism, body image, and social justice. A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets will no longer be required, but advance registration for guests who have not yet registered is required. Additional information about the event can be found at www.loyola.edu/mlk.
Film Showing and Facilitated Discussion: “Healing Justice”
As part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Weekend at St. Ignatius, the Racial Justice Subcommittee will show the video Healing Justice a video about the criminal justice system and the prison pipeline as it affects the system of justice in the African American society. Presented in 3 short segments each followed by a 20-minute group facilitated discussion. The 3rd discussion will be followed by a panel of attorneys and criminal justice specialists who will each speak for 3-5 minutes and then the floor will be open to questions.
Film Showing: “Rosewood”
Sponsored by the Racial Justice Subcommittee and part of the “Honoring the Dream – MLK Commemoration Week.”
”Rosewood” describes a heinous, long-hidden racial incident that occurred in Florida in 1923, an escalating tragedy that led to the destruction of a prosperous black town. A false accusation of assault allowed Rosewood’s envious white neighbors to embark on a witch hunt in which at least eight people (and probably many more) died. It took only a few days for the population of Rosewood to be scattered, and for the town to be wiped off the map. Black survivors of the massacre finally received reparations in 1993. The film, a large-scale re-enactment of this shameful episode, has been directed by John Singleton, who is known for his concern with social issues.
A Day of Racial Justice Harmony
St. Ignatius Church as created a Racial Justice Forum and Subcommittee in order to educate, engage, affirm, discern, and advocate. Our opening event will be called A Day of Racial Justice Harmony.
Keeping the Dream Alive
St. Ignatius Catholic Community is hosting some memorable events and participating in other city offerings that we wanted to direct your towards. We are calling the week: “Keeping the Dream Alive – A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Keeping the Dream Alive
During the 1960’s, African-Americans and may others who awakened to the sight and voices of racial injustice traveled to Selma. A new generation was challenging the segregated and dehumanizing status quo of the deep south. A group of nuns of the catholic Church (long perceived as a “white” institution) joined the civil rights struggle…and in so doing the Church and the sisters were themselves transformed.
Cracking the Codes
St. Ignatius Catholic Community presents the documentary Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity as the springboard to a Racial Dialogue Event. Film segments are braided with facilitated dialogue. People leave asking new question and are inspired to engage in change
National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
Event at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, the epicenter of the April 2015 protests, unrest, and uprisings in Baltimore. This event held Listening sessions with Archbishop Lori and Bishop Madden, priests, nuns, community leaders and members.
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a unique breakthrough workshop that combines film with a guided conversation to educate and raise awareness on the issue of white privilege. Offered by the St. Ignatius Racial Justice Forum and the Racial Justice Subcommittee, this workshop will bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change by creating a space for white people to find their own voice and reflect on their own experience and understanding.