Notre Dame & Opelousas: Responses to destruction of sacred spaces

The world watched in horror on Monday as the Church of Notre Dame burst into flames. Visitors were evacuated and first respondents rushed to the scene. The world caught its breath as the iconic spire caved in and the flames engulfed the iconic Gothic structure. According to the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the development of the Church of Notre Dame to what it is today took over a hundred years. Originally it had been petitioned by Maurice de Sully, a Parisian bishop who sought to unite the structures of two smaller basilicas into one building. The foundation stone of … Continue reading Notre Dame & Opelousas: Responses to destruction of sacred spaces

Yes White People, We Should Learn Black History

February is more than just a month. It is a celebration! February is Black History Month. It is also a period of controversy especially regarding identity, history and America’s current racial climate. White and African Americans could all benefit from learning Black History. According to Howard University Professor Daryl Scott, in 1926 the precursors to Black History Month celebrations were pioneered by individuals such as Carter G. Woodson—an African American professor who had earned his credentials at the University of Chicago (Scott 2011). Inspired by the thousands of people who attended an event showcasing the accomplishments of African Americans, Woodson … Continue reading Yes White People, We Should Learn Black History