This year was a tough year of loss for virtually everyone, and in particular for Black Catholics. Even if we did not lose someone we knew personally, we lost many figures of import to our movement, and we also mourn with the world as the collective loss of life continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Clergy Facebook Bishop George Murry, SJ, first Black American Jesuit bishop. Image courtesy Tim Evanson. CS photo/Andrew Biraj Sports Image by Celeste Lecaroz Getty Images/ Ringer illustration Educators GARRETT/Check with Baltimore Sun Photo Clida Ellison, lector, catechist, and mother of the first Muslim in Congress. Image courtesy of Wylie Funeral Homes. Idell Pugh, parish integrator and HBCU official. Tom Wilson, Jr., Detroit activist and advocate. Facebook Pioneers Al Thierry, first city department director in Lafayette, Louisiana. Carl Brewer, first Black mayor of Wichita. Wikimedia George Lovelace, first Black state representative for Northern Virginia since Reconstruction. Courtesy of the Gilbert Family. Willie Belton, recipient of Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and was the first African-American to seek state office in his district. David J. Wall, longtime Richmond supervisor. Vernon "Tim" Conway, Civil Rights (and early Black Power) activist. Arts Tyler Kaufman/FilmMagic/Getty Images #GivingTuesday and beyond:
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