And so it is. I will be posting relevant matter here and over at The Catholic Gene. These won’t be the same; each site will have a different post.
Black Catholics make up just 3% of the Catholic population in the United States. So why a Black Catholic History Month? Because Black Catholics make up just 3% of the Catholic population of the United States. Few African-Americans, and even fewer other Catholics have an understanding of the history of black Catholics in America.
There are several prevalent assumptions about African-Americans and religion. First, many people presume that we are all Baptists. Second, people think that we are all recent converts, that there are no “cradle Catholics” among blacks.
The facts reveal very vibrant black Catholic communities across the nation, which in some cases have existed for generations prior to the Civil War. Though often overlooked by demographers and sometimes by clergy and liturgists, African-Americans have played crucial roles in the propagation of the faith in America.
During November, we’ll explore the persons and communities of black Catholics in America–here at GeneaBlogie and at The Catholic Gene.
November 4, 2012 Sunday at 4:17 pm