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Remembering The Dream

Discussion Leaders:
Andrew Lyke, Arusi Network, Inc. and
Office of Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago
Ron Jackson, Catholic Charities USA

Remembering The Dream

A Prayer

by Margaret Stanton

Give me the courage to live!

Really live not merely exist.
Live dangerously,
Scorning risk!
Live honestly,
Daring the truth
Particularly the truth of myself!
Live resiliently
Ever changing, ever growing, ever adapting.
Enduring the pain of change
As though twere the travail of birth.

Remembering The Dream

Give me the courage to live,
Give me the strength to be free
And endure the burden of freedom
And the loneliness of those without chains;
Let me not be trapped by success,
Nor by failure, nor pleasure, nor grief,
Nor malice, nor praise, nor remorse!
Give me the courage to go on!
Facing all that waits on the trail
Going eagerly, joyously on,
And praying my way as I go,

Remembering The Dream

Without anger or fear or regret
Taking what life gives,
Spending myself to the full,
Head high, spirit winged, like a god
On . . . on . . . till the shadows draw close.
Then even when darkness shuts down,
And I go out alone, as I came,
Naked and blind as I came
Even then, gracious God, hear my prayer;
Give me the courage to live!

Brief History of Racism &

Racial Bias in the U.S.
Malcolm X quote: While Dr. King
was having a dream the rest of
us negroes are having a
Remembering The Dream
without forgetting The Nightmare
Telling the truth about the 400 year

Brief History of Racism &

Racial Bias in the U.S.
Institution of Slavery
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Separate but equal constitutional

The Civil Rights Era: 50s, 60s, and

Brown v. Board of Education

Impact of Civil Rights Today Racism

Unconscious Racism
The New Jim Crow

Role of the Church: Our

Whats the role of the Church in helping people understand the impact
of racism? We are the Church the Church is the People of God.

Our Roles & Responsibilities as Church:

To Know OUR History
To Take Action on Behalf of Justice/Gospel Values
To Hold Each Other Accountable

Maintaining the Common


Equal worth for each person

Human dignity
Fighting for social justice
Policy changes
Reconciliation among the races
Community building
Living our Catholic social

Formation &
How can individuals
understand these issues
and change?
How can Catholic Charities
change the work we do to
address these issues?

Diane Nash quote: No person is
your enemy; only their ideas.
The enemy during the Civil
Rights Era was brutal, malicious,
and conscious.
Today the enemy is systemic,
institutional, internalized, and
Racism Without Racists