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Young people at a vigil protesting police brutality and racism


Racism is America’s original sin, enduring legacy, and current crisis. Racist attitudes and actions, along with white supremacy and privilege, destroy the lives and diminish the dignity of people of color. Racism divides us, reveals our lack of moral integrity, limits our capacity to act together, denies the talents and contributions of so many, and convicts us of violating the religious principles and the national values we proclaim. These dialogues explore how racial injustice exists in our streets and structures and practical ways to work towards a more racially just Catholic Church and nation.


Census document of enslaved people compiled in preparation for sale to Louisiana in 1838 (Georgetown University Library)

Owning Slavery, Pursuing Justice, Seeking Reconciliation

The Jesuits in the United States owned slaves. 

In 1838, the Jesuits sold 272 men, women, and children and used some of the proceeds to support Georgetown University. 

In 2015, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia established a Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, which led to…


Owning Slavery, Pursuing Justice, Seeking Reconciliation (Video)

April 29, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes

Religion and Race (Video)

October 13, 2020

Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes

Justice and Faith, Family and Community (Video)

June 11, 2020

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes