Witness & Grace Conversations: Black and White Habits

Black and White Habits: The Painful, Yet Proud, History of Black Catholic Sisters in the United States
Presented by Shannen Dee Williams 

May 25, 2022



Historian Shannen Dee Williams speaks about her long-awaited book, "Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle," showing how the history of Black Catholic sisters is the history of Catholic sisters in the United States and provide a model of strength and faith for the entire church. Hosted by GSR National Correspondent Dan Stockman.



Shannen Dee Williams 
Shannen Dee Williams 

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton. She is an award-winning scholar of the African American experience and Black Catholicism with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious, and Black freedom movement history. Her first book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle, was published by Duke University Press on May 17, 2022.

Dr. Williams holds a B.A. in history with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Agnes Scott College, a M.A. in Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.

A lifelong Catholic and a member of the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association, Dr. Williams also authors the award-winning column, The Griot’s Cross, for the Catholic News Service.

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