As a Jesuit parish literally located between East and West Baltimore, we cannot ignore the racial tensions that have harmed the common good of our city.

Racial tension has its roots in injustice, mutual suspicion, fear, ignorance, and a lack of compassion.

The purpose of the Forum is to lift up, focus, and deepen the many ties St. Ignatius already has with the African-American community. We want to engage, partner with, and be converted by the diverse urban community we are a part of.

We will create spaces for dialogue, prayer, and listening; and develop activities and training that promote education and advocacy. Our goal is to be stewards of faith, hope, and love by promoting model relationships that are rooted in truth, compassion, equality, and peace.

Each graphic on this forum is linked to a resource pertaining to racial justice. There are also links to news articles, educational videos, and more. Check it out to learn more and discover ways to get involved! If you have any questions or a resource to contribute, please e-mail [email protected].

Racial Justice Resources

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Black Catholics say words not enough as church decries racism.

By David Crary – Associated Press  |  June 22, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Roman Catholics are hearing their church’s leaders calling for racial justice once again after the killing of George Floyd, but this time they’re demanding not just words but action.

As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising calls for huge new investment in Catholic schools serving Black communities; a commitment to teach the complex history of Black Catholics; and a mobilization to combat racism with the same zeal the church shows in opposing abortion.

“As a church, we’re very good with words. The church has made clear it stands against racism,” said the Rev. Mario Powell, a Black priest who heads a Jesuit middle school in Brooklyn.

“What’s profoundly different this time is folks aren’t looking for more words — they’re looking for actual change,” he said. READ MORE


Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often

By Jessica Grose

As protests over the killing of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor) spill into a second week, many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.

In this moment, try to address the killings and protests honestly and in an age appropriate way, said Y. Joy Harris-Smith, Ph.D. a lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary and the co-author of the forthcoming “The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences.”

You can start having conversations about race in preschool, said Jacqueline Dougé, M.D., a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland — children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics article that Dr. Dougé co-wrote. READ MORE


Civility, activism and education as Baltimore marks sixth night of protests with peaceful reflection. And food.

June 3, 2020 

The sixth day of demonstrations began in a uniquely low key Baltimore way with a longtime activist and barbecue cook Duane “Shorty” Davis cooking for a small crowd in War Memorial Plaza.

Davis called it an “Art and Activism” event, an avenue for members of the community to eat, showcase art and talk about racism in America.

“Today we’re going to practice civility. We’re going to practice education. We’re going to practice entertainment. And we’re going to practice fellowship,” said Davis, taking a break from grilling meat.

As his event ended, several hundred protesters began assembling around him near City Hall for a separate demonstration and another group began marching miles away on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County near Franklin High School. Two other protests, one in Harford County in the afternoon and a second on Reisterstown Road near Northern Parkway later in the evening showed that the movement started after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week showed no signs of being over. READ MORE


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Baltimore Responds to the Death of George Floyd

From social media to the city streets, reactions flood in over another black death in police custody.

From Freddie Gray To George Floyd: Wes Moore Says It’s Time To ‘Change The Systems’