DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Class of 2023
Black Catholic History Month is important because it is a time to celebrate and learn about how God has reached so many people in the African American community and how these people have been changed by Him. One way we can learn this for ourselves is to look back to the days of slavery. During slavery, blacks were not treated as equal individuals, but as the property of whites. It was even believed that a slave counted for 3/4 of a person. Families, friends and lovers of [Black people] were separated because they were sold or killed in different parts of the United States. Slavery was an extremely dark time for African Americans, and it seemed almost impossible to escape it. However, God proves by slaves that nothing is impossible with Him.
Take Harriet Tubman for example. Harriet was a pious black woman because she prayed to, believed in, and trusted God during times of slavery. Because she was on fire for the Lord, she became fearless when she helped over 300 black people escape slavery during her 19 journeys through the Underground Railroad. She is often compared to Moses because of this. Like Harriet, Moses was also a pious person who helped free his own people from slavery. From this we can learn that Black Catholic History Month is important because we celebrate that God can help us through our difficult times and allow us to do the impossible only if we believe in Him.
Chaminade Julienne High School
Class of 2023
Black Catholic history is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to relate the suffering I feel to the suffering I read about people who are like me. Knowing that there are people in the Bible who know what it is like to experience the kind of unhappiness that I try to avoid in life is a comfort to me and to others like me. Celebrating black history in Catholicism is important because it makes other black people feel more connected to Catholicism and dislike something that is not part of their own culture.
This article appeared in the November issue of The Catholic Telegraph Magazine. For your free subscription, click on here.