Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Black American Catholics on the Path to Sainthood

While February is recognized as Black History Month, November is specifically Black CATHOLIC History Month. It's a perfect time to learn the stories of Black Catholics from around the world, including the six Black Americans on the road to Sainthood.

Servant God Thea Bowman, Venerable Augustus Tolton, Servant of God Mother Mary Lange, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Servant of God Julia Greely, and Venerable Mother Henriette DeLille all led remarkable lives centered on love of Christ and neighbor. To help my students get to know them better, I used this Black American Catholics Research Page to help them learn a few basics about their lives. 

I also printed the photos found here 
and used these awesome coloring pages from artist Fabiola Garza here.

And I pulled out these books in my classroom (Amazon affiliate links):

My students used all of these tools, books, and online research to create posters about these six holy men and women. They each chose one person to create a mini poster about, highlighting key info from their lives, and then sharing with their classmates. It was a quick but effective project that you are welcome to try in your own classroom!

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