African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  July 2019 
Please see the announcements below for the good of the Community!  
I am always looking for article ideas and events - please contact me at 202-541-3178 or

Donna Grimes, Assistant Director 
Subcommittee on African American Affairs  

Daniel Rudd Foundation 
Grant  Cycle is Now Open 

Read the guidelines and submit proposals by September 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. Proposals should be well-aligned with the Congress 12 Pastoral Plan.

Support the Angela Project 
Tune into a live stream  broadcast of the multiracial reconciliation ceremony sponsored by Simmons College of Kentucky, an HBCU. The prayer service honors the Quad-Centennial of the first Africans (Angela of Angola and 19 companions) brought to the USA in August 1619.  

The Angela Project encompasses 40 days of prayerful commemoration from July 12-August 19, 2019.  On August 19, participate online or arrange your own local commemoration.  For more details and to order materials, visit the Simmons College website .

A Theological Reflection for Catechetical Sunday 
Read this timely, spiritual reflection by Mr. Ashley Morris Th.M, Acting Director, Office of Intercultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Speech By Sr. Thea Bowman FSPA
In response to several requests, the text of this historic 1989 presentation to the U.S. Catholic Bishops will soon be available on the Resources web page .

Youth Listening Session  

Are youth from your diocese attending the 2019 NCYC in Indianapolis, IN? Would youth and chaperones attend if funds were available? USCCB will help to sponsor youth of African descent. On an as-needed-basis, we will cover the cost of registration and lodging of youth. 


Also, we will host a listening session on Friday, November 22. If interested, use the attached project description and  form to apply through Donna Grimes at asap. Aid is limited.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of IBCS 

On Saturday July 13, 2019, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans will commemorate its mission: "to affirm, cultivate and share the 'precious and original gift of Blackness' for the pastoral enrichment of the Black Catholic community as well as the Catholic Faith tradition and the multiple communities and society that we share." For more information call 504-520-7691 or email


Joint Conference July 20-25 in Baltimore, MD

The National Black Sisters' Conference, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and National Black Catholic Seminarians Association Annual meetings will take place at the Inner Harbor.  

Visit our Events page to read about future events.

Find New Video and Print Resources On Our Resources web page , such as: 

Upcoming Events 
New Resource 
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US Conference of Catholic Bishops - 
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (SCDC)
Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director 
Subcommittee on African American Affairs
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