Federated Colored Catholics Convention Program 1931

FCC Program Jesus Died For All ,1931

Inside Cover of the September, 1931 Program of The Chronicle, the Official Organ of the Federated Colored Catholics (Catholic Interracial Council of New York Records, box 63, folder 1, ACUA). 

Mission Statement, 1927

MIssion Statement of the Federated Colored Catholics, 1927, Catholic Interracial Council Records, ACUA.

Thomas Wyatt Turner

Thomas Wyatt Turner, founder of the Federated Colored Catholics

The Federated Colored Catholics were founded when Thomas Wyatt Turner organized a committee of African-American parishioners of St. Augustine Church in Washington D.C. and petitioned Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore to address the problem of racism within the Catholic Church in the 1920s.

Receiving a lukewarm reception from the hierarchy, Turner began communicating with the Apostolic Delegation on a number of issues, including the absence of African-American clergy, discriminatory practices of the Josephites and Catholic Universities, and the need for greater African-American representation on the boards of various Catholic welfare organizations.

In 1925, one year after reorganizing themselves as the Federated Colored Catholics, Turner and his supporters convened in Washington, D.C. At the convention, Turner described the FCC as "a voice of the Catholic Negro in America." The first constitution further expressed the goals of the Federation:

The object of this Federation shall be to bring about a closer union and better feeling among all Catholic negroes, to advance the cause of Catholic education throughout the Negro population, to seek to raise the general Church status of the Negro and to stimulate colored Catholics to a larger participation in racial and civic affairs.

This image was inside the cover of the September 1931 convention program for The Chronicle of the Federated Colored Catholics.

For more see,

American Catholic History Classroom site on the Federated Colored Catholics:   http://cuomeka.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/fcc/fcc-intro/background---the-gift-of-black

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