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Know more Here's why you need to attend the 2016 Catholic Media Conference Master Camp presentations include: Mobile video from start to finish with Judd Slivka, assistant professor of convergence journalism at the University of Missouri Theory of design for multiple platforms with Jennifer Palilonis, professor of multimedia at Ball State University Writing and editing the narrative for better storytelling with Jacqui Banaszynski, professor of journalism at the University of Missouri Strategizing a comprehensive communications plan with Katie Pesha, executive director of communications and planning at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Workshop sessions include: Reaching the Hispanic audience Simple, elegant lighting for video Simple, elegant lighting for photography Incorporating media literacy in your communication strategy Advertising sales call role playing Understanding social media analytics Mostly mobile workflow for photographers Using data to better understand diocesan and parish demographics Budgeting the mission Digitizing your print archive Using great photography to tell stories and promote your ministries Planning communications for a major event Christian principals in modern media Understanding postage for non-profits and periodicals. Additional sessions are being planned. Watch CatholicPress.org for more information. THE CATHOLIC JOURNALIST CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA VOLUME 68 NUMBER 1 FEBRUARY 2016 While lifting up the memory of African-American Catholics like Sister Antona Ebo, who spoke out for racial justice in Selma in 1965, Black History Month is a reminder that there is work yet to be done so that all Catholics live up to the teaching that all people are created in the image and likeness of God. Unfinished business By Father Bryan Massingale U.S. Catholic Every February we celebrate the heritage of African Americans in the United States. For Catholics, this month has a twofold significance. First, in the words of black Catholic historian and Benedictine monk Cyprian Davis, it provides an opportunity to highlight the fact that "the Catholic Church in the United States has never been a white European church." Indeed, Father Davis documents how persons of African descent have shaped our church at every stage of its history. They have been models of holiness who are now being considered for sainthood, such as Augustus Tolton, the first recognized black man to be ordained a priest; Henriette Delille, a woman of color who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family for black women; and Pierre Toussaint, a black man of 19th-century New York renowned for his life of charity. Black Catholics also have been pioneers for social justice, such as Sister Antona Ebo, one of the famous "Sisters of Selma," who was among the first American nuns to march with Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights. Black Catholics, such as Daniel Rudd of Cincinnati, created the first sustained lay-led movement for ecclesial change in the United States, namely the Black Catholic Congresses of the late 1800s, which advocated major changes in how our church engaged its believers of color. Davis shows us that American Catholics would not be who we are without the contributions of believers of African heritage-too often an overlooked presence. Yet this month has another significance for U.S. Catholics. It is a timely reminder of the unfinished work for racial justice in both our country and our church. Davis' words are haunting and piercing: "The story of African American Catholicism is the story of a people who obstinately clung to a faith that gave them sustenance, even when it did not make them welcome. . . . Blacks had to fight for their faith; but their fight was often with members of their own [church] household." This observation is especially pertinent as our nation deals with the deaths of hundreds of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, including a 12-year-old boy killed while playing with a toy gun on a Cleveland playground. While the circumstances of these shootings vary, and in some cases the judicial processes are still unfolding, there is a pattern here that is wrenching and disturbing. Perhaps, however, this pattern is seen only when one steps back from the particulars of specific situations and looks at the picture in its totality. For black Catholics, it reflects both a pervasive criminalization of black men and a lack of empathy on the part of the majority of our citizens toward the injustice that afflicts them. For too many Americans, the tragic effects of such aggressive policing seem perhaps unfortunate but reasonable - the necessary price for security from a largely unsubstantiated sense of threat and danger. The history of black Catholics shows that they are both proud of their Catholic faith and yet, at the same time and in the name of that faith, sharply Please turn to page 7

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