The month of February is African American History Month, and an opportunity for schools and parishes to celebrate the history and contributions of generations of African Americans. Likewise, stories of African American Catholics, like Sister Thea Bowman’s, are timely.
On March 3, the Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Katharine Drexel. Part of her ministry included the opening of schools and churches for African Americans all over the United States. Believing that all people had a right to free education, and that education was the best way to improve lives, she began Xavier University in New Orleans, the first university in the United States for African Americans. Saint Katharine lived during a time in our nation’s history when African Americans were not afforded the same rights as other Americans.
Download a primary activity on Saint Katharine Drexel in English or Spanish, and share with your students on March 3!