Black Catholics, White Church: Catholic Chicago in the Black Power Era

Sunday, January 6, 2019: 12:00 PM
Wilson Room (Palmer House Hilton)
Matthew J. Cressler, College of Charleston
Fifty years ago, Black Chicago Catholics celebrated a “Black Unity Mass,” a liturgical experiment that drew inspiration from the Black Power movement. This paper focuses on Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s to show how Black Power challenges us historically and historiographically to rethink what we mean by “American Catholicism.”
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