Voices

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is the Albert LePage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. She is completing her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States

FaithFaith in Focus
Shannen Dee Williams
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, I have thought often about Sister Mary Anthony Duchemin and the extraordinary sacrifice that she made to the church and community at large in 1832.
FaithFaith in Focus
Shannen Dee Williams
When Anne Marie Becraft established her school in the midst of the nation’s and the church’s slaveholding elite, she powerfully declared that the lives of black people, especially women and girls, mattered.
FaithLast Take
Shannen Dee Williams
Black Catholics have been at the forefront of the push to get the Vatican to confront the church’s racist past and present.
Images: CNS/Composite: America
FaithFaith in Focus
Shannen Dee Williams
On Nov. 11, the Catholic Church lost a moral titan in the long struggle for racial equality and justice in the United States.
Arts & CultureBooks
Shannen Dee Williams
One cannot begin to understand the current deterioration of American race relations without confronting the enduring realities of white supremacy present in the case of Emmett Till.