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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

Faith Faith in Focus
Shannen Dee WilliamsApril 23, 2020
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.
Faith Faith in Focus
Shannen Dee WilliamsMarch 03, 2020
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.
Faith Last Take
Shannen Dee WilliamsAugust 06, 2019
Black Catholics have been at the forefront of the push to get the Vatican to confront the church’s racist past and present.
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Faith Faith in Focus
Shannen Dee WilliamsNovember 22, 2017
On Nov. 11, the Catholic Church lost a moral titan in the long struggle for racial equality and justice in the United States.
In this 1955 file photo, Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till, pauses at her son's casket at a Chicago funeral home.
Arts & Culture Books
Shannen Dee WilliamsApril 26, 2017
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.