“From King to Obama: Black Catholics in the United States,” a talk by Georgetown University theology professor Diana L. Hayes, will conclude Mercyhurst College’s yearlong observance of "Beyond the Dream: The Legacy and Challenge of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr" on Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. The program is free and open to the public.
Hayes’ visit to Mercyhurst marks another notable milestone: the 30th anniversary of “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ pastoral statement on racism. Her talk will recognize this anniversary in connection to the role of the Catholic Church in the Civil Rights Movement and its ongoing efforts to help combat racism in the United States.
Hayes’ areas of specialization are Womanist Theology, Black Theology, U.S.Liberation Theologies, Contextual Theologies, Religion and Public Life, and African American and Womanist Spirituality.
The first African American woman to receive the Pontifical Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D.) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Hayes has also received three honorary doctorates. She is the author of 6 books and more than 50 articles.