Celebrating the Universality of the Church

BlackCatholicHistory.com

  • Enriches K-8 curriculum throughout the entire school year
  • Material can be customized to cover a requested topic (with proper lead time)
  • Material accessed online and updated frequently—No need to wait for textbooks to be revised and reprinted
  • An excellent tool in a school’s anti-racism toolbox
  • Can help fulfill the 2018 directive from the USCCB which calls on Catholic schools to “develop curricula relating to racism and reconciliation.” (Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love)

INTERNATIONAL

BlackCatholicHistory is the internationally taught K-8 curriculum supplement which enriches Social Studies, Religion, and English/Language Arts lesson plans. It emphasizes the universality of the Church and devotion to the Blessed Mother under the title Our Lady of Kibeho. This program can be utilized in Catholic elementary schools, parish R.E. programs, and Catholic home school groups. BlackCatholicHistory is currently taught in Catholic schools across the United States and in Uganda.

HISTORICAL

The program’s material spans the history of Black Catholics from Catholicism in Africa during the early centuries of the Church to present day canonization processes of African-American candidates (one of these candidates may soon be the Church’s first African American saint). The material is produced in grade appropriate handouts to be integrated throughout the year in Social Studies, Religion, and Language Arts curriculum. Teacher Guides provide specific suggestions on inclusion of this material in the current curriculum guidelines

CURRICULUM

The material is accessed through the website BlackCatholicHistory.com. Categories on the website include American History, African History, Saints, Blessed Mother and Let’s Meet…. (interviews with inspirational Black Catholics). New material is produced and posted yearly. Teachers have access to the entire program and could utilize handouts as best fit the particular need/ability of their students. Older students could access the material themselves if approved by faculty.

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

I am absolutely in love with this curriculum! The web site is so easy to use, and my students find the materials engaging and interesting. I have discovered numerous ways to incorporate Black Catholic History curriculum into my daily teaching of junior high students. The materials seamlessly transfer from Religion class to English, History, and Literature. What a difference it has made for both my students and myself; we are all learning and discovering critical and fascinating information about our Black Catholic brothers and sisters. This curriculum is a GAME CHANGER!

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Kathryn Baggarly
Junior High Faculty Member
St James Catholic School

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter!” Chinua Achebe. The BlackCatholicHistory curriculum dismantles this quote and introduces children to a new Catholic history – an integral part of Catholic History that has been overlooked. This curriculum is particularly important today as we continue to face ongoing issues of racism in our communities and the Church. Bravo to BlackCatholicHistory for this superb curriculum which brings to the forefront the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics.

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Charlene Harris
Sacramento Diocese
Anti-Racism Committee

"This is an informative course that meets a need in our Catholic schools." 

"This is an informative course that meets a need in our Catholic schools." 

"The BlackCatholicHistory curriculum is a gift to the Catholic School system in the 21st century. This work provides Catholic students with tools that can help them work together to heal the racial divide in our nation, become saints, and form saint of all nations, races and tongues. I consider it a privilege to be able to endorse this transformative curriculum about our Black Catholic History."

Father Joshua Johnson

Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Co-Chair on the Commission of Racial Harmony, Author of “Broken and Blessed” and “Pocket Guide to Adoration” and Podcast Host of “Ask Fr Josh.”

Father Joshua Johnson

Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Co-Chair on the Commission of Racial Harmony, Author of “Broken and Blessed” and “Pocket Guide to Adoration” and Podcast Host of “Ask Fr Josh.”

Father Joshua Johnson

Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Co-Chair on the Commission of Racial Harmony, Author of “Broken and Blessed” and “Pocket Guide to Adoration” and Podcast Host of “Ask Fr Josh.”

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"This program proved to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

Michael Barks, President
Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School
Fort Worth, Texas

Michael Barks, President
Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School
Fort Worth, Texas

Michael Barks, President
Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School
Fort Worth, Texas

"This is an informative course that meets a need in our Catholic schools." 

"This is an informative course that meets a need in our Catholic schools." 

"This is an informative course that meets a need in our Catholic schools." 

Fr. Jerome LeDoux S.V.D.
Former Chaplain and faculty member
Xavier University of Louisiana

Fr. Jerome LeDoux S.V.D.
Former Chaplain and faculty member
Xavier University of Louisiana

Fr. Jerome LeDoux S.V.D.
Former Chaplain and faculty member
Xavier University of Louisiana

"The curriculum created by BlackCatholicHistory allows students to recognize an overlooked segment of the church and the important role people of color played in the history of our church and of our schools. The program also answers the call by the USCCB to 'develop curricula relating to racism and reconciliation....' The content is timely and needed throughout our nation’s Catholic school system." 

"The curriculum created by BlackCatholicHistory allows students to recognize an overlooked segment of the church and the important role people of color played in the history of our church and of our schools. The program also answers the call by the USCCB to 'develop curricula relating to racism and reconciliation....' The content is timely and needed throughout our nation’s Catholic school system." 

"The curriculum created by BlackCatholicHistory allows students to recognize an overlooked segment of the church and the important role people of color played in the history of our church and of our schools. The program also answers the call by the USCCB to 'develop curricula relating to racism and reconciliation....' The content is timely and needed throughout our nation’s Catholic school system." 

Leslie C. Lipovski, Ph.D. , Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia

Leslie C. Lipovski, Ph.D. , Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia

Leslie C. Lipovski, Ph.D. , Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia

"The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, an African American community founded by free woman of color Mother Henriette Delille in 1842, is very grateful to BlackCatholicHistory for their dedication in teaching students about Venerable Henriette Delille and her cause for canonization. We pray for Mother Delille’s sainthood and that BlackCatholicHistory continues this good work." 

"The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, an African American community founded by free woman of color Mother Henriette Delille in 1842, is very grateful to BlackCatholicHistory for their dedication in teaching students about Venerable Henriette Delille and her cause for canonization. We pray for Mother Delille’s sainthood and that BlackCatholicHistory continues this good work."

"The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, an African American community founded by free woman of color Mother Henriette Delille in 1842, is very grateful to BlackCatholicHistory for their dedication in teaching students about Venerable Henriette Delille and her cause for canonization. We pray for Mother Delille’s sainthood and that BlackCatholicHistory continues this good work."

Sister Laura Mercier, SSF
Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family

Sister Laura Mercier, SSF
Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family

Sister Laura Mercier, SSF
Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"This program has proven to be a fantastic resource for our teachers and a tremendously interesting and educational experience for our students." 

"I am impressed by the knowledge and respect demonstrated for African American and African History" 

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

Johnnie Dorsey
Former Board Member
National Black Catholic Congress

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