Healing the Wounds of Racism: A Discussion with Members of Chicago’s “Back of the Yards” Community

  • 26 Aug 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Event

Co-Sponsored by:
Lumen Christi Institute | Sheil Catholic Ministries at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law | Northwestern Student St. Thomas More Society | The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University |  Loyola University School of Law | Loyola University School of Law, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Wednesday, August 26,
5:00 p.m. via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent one day prior to event.


“Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased.” 
- Father Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart (2010)

“I have never seen – even in Mississippi and Alabama – mobs as hostile and as hate-filled as I’ve seen here in Chicago.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966)

Our country is in a moment of reckoning. For too long, black people have been marginalized and denied equal justice under the law. We have created, in the words of Pope Francis, “an economy of exclusion and inequality.” Evangelii Gaudium, ¶ 53. Chicago, sadly, is no exception. At this critical juncture, many of us find ourselves asking: What can we do to combat racism and bring about healing in our communities?

To move forward, we must first seek to listen to and understand those who have suffered from the evils of racism. We must stand with those whose dignity has been denied and learn to “find Jesus in [their] faces, in their voices, in their pleas.” Evangelii Gaudium, ¶ 91. Only once our hearts are changed can we hope to bring about change in our community and justice system.

On August 26 at 5:00pm, the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation will introduce us to several residents of the Back of the Yards community in a discussion moderated by Father Dave Kelly, C.P.P.S. These men and women will share their experiences with racial prejudice and their views on how we as a city might find reconciliation. An opportunity for questions and discussion will follow.

Registration for the event is free, we hope you can join us by registering here.

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