"The Real Sister Act: Black Catholic Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate US Religious Life" with Shannen Dee Williams


5000 N. Willamette Blvd

Important Venue Notes

Franz Hall sits on the North side of the academic quad, adjacent to the Clark Library



Shannen Dee Williams of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville charts the fiercely contested entries of US-born black women into historically white Catholic sisterhoods from the 19th century to the present. On Thursday, November 16, Williams will discuss the shocking racism, segregation, and marginalization of black nuns in predominantly white convents. Williams never meant to delve deep into the history of black nuns in the United States, but when she did, she discovered the racist actions of many of the white nuns living in convents alongside their black counterparts. This topic explores a new facet of racist history within the US that many may be unaware of.