Black Catholic History Month

In this episode of SisterStory Presents: Za'Nia opens up about the launch of her film series Sisters in Action and why the discovery of Black Catholic History Month pushed her to launch the series in November.

I didn't know about it until this job and finding my interests within the topic...One of my interests is Black Lives Matter and African Americans' contributions. So, it's interesting to me to see where my culture and other people fit into other aspects of the world and the church because you do not hear about it too often.

When I heard about it I was like "Oh my God, that's a holiday, I didn't know about that and I want to learn about that."

This November we are launching a new film series from SisterStory producer Za'Nia Coleman. She has been working on the series for a long time and is excited to finally start releasing her efforts. In this interview she highlights motivations for the November film and what it is trying to present.

In November it is National Black Catholic History Month. It was voted on in 1990 on July 24th. The month was created because there are so many important dates around that time relating to black Catholics and black Sisters, black Saints. For example, on November 1st, It's called All Saints Day and it's to remember the contributions of African Saints in the first 300 years of the church.

November 2nd is All Souls Day, which is to remember African lives that were lost in the middle passage. The rest of the month there are other days to remember certain saints and so, one of the goals, I want to do is try to get a perspective of a Nun of color on issues people of color go through just to get a religious take on that. More focused on Black Lives Matter and also to get a different history on Catholic Sisterhood and a different perspective.

The idea is to kind of collage some of their stories and find common ground and meeting points - commonalities between their stories. It's more of a learning experience for me - to get the information.

There are a lot of black saints. I didn't know that. I saw some pictures too and was like "oh wow!" they were black, I didn't know that.

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