Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies Presents “Black Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”

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Sister Mary Antona Ebo will lead a special talk at Xavier University detailing her experience in 1965 traveling to Selma Alabama to march for African American voting rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The PBS documentary “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness” which is based on her experience will be shown as a part of the discussion on Tuesday September 22, 2014 in the college of Pharmacy’s Qatar Pavillion, room 112 A at 6:30 pm. Sister Mary Antona has been a Franciscan Sister of Mary in St. Louis, Mo for over 60 years. Her contributions to the civil rights movement are well noted and celebrated. She became a key speaker at the march to Selma when a broadcaster recorded a confrontation between Sr. Antona and local government agents. Her words-“I am here because I am a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness” were broadcasted and felt around the world. Her experience is documented in the Library of Congress’ Exhibit “Voices of Civil Rights”. Sister Ebo has received the Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri and the Living Legend Award from the Voting Rights Institute in Selma, Alabama.  Her special discussion is not to be missed.

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