America’s Real Sister Act: The Hidden History of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Sinclair’s Diversity Office “Visiting Scholars” series proudly presents guest speaker, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton, and author of Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle

For most people, Whoopi Goldberg’s performance as Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act is the dominant interpretation of an African American nun and the desegregation of white Catholic sisterhood in the United States. In this talk, Dr. Williams will explore the story of America’s real sister act: the story of how generations of Black women and girls called to the sacred vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience fought against racism, sexism, and exclusion to become and minister as consecrated women of God in the Roman Catholic church. In so doing, she will turn attention to women’s religious life as an important battleground in the long African American struggle for freedom, justice, and human dignity.

The book Subversive Habits will be available for purchase before the program begins, with a book signing after the program. This event is FREE and open to the Public!

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