The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) of Xavier University of Louisiana will host a symposium titled, “Black Lives Matter: Urban Education Matters.” The symposium will be focused on addressing issues of racial conflict and the need for racial reconciliation, the current culture of violence in our country and the enduring effects of poverty especially among those in the African American community. Xavier University of Louisiana founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925 is the only historically Black and Catholic university in the Western Hemisphere.
This noteworthy event seeks to address critical and urgent concerns of the black community and to serve as a catalyst for new solutions and clear actions. The Black Lives Matter Symposium: Urban Education Matters will be held at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans on October 21-22, 2016.
The symposium will include, keynote addresses, workshops and panel discussions. Keynote addresses will be given by Rev. Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes, III – Sr. Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX and Miss Brittany N. Packnett, Executive Director for Teach for America in St. Louis and member of the Ferguson Commission. Workshops will delve into issues of urban catholic education, racism on America’s college campuses, education reform, school to prison pipeline, racial and cultural consciousness, and being young, black and gifted.
Founded in 1980, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) of Xavier University of Louisiana offers programs in pastoral theology, religious education and pastoral ministry. The IBCS provides an intellectual, spiritual and cultural immersion in the Black Catholic experience for all those interested in or committed to Catholic ministry within the black community.