With the conclusion of Catholic Law’s Black History Month program, which boasted an impressive list of events throughout the month of February, the Catholic Law community held an unveiling and blessing of a new icon for the Law School’s Mary Mirror of Justice Chapel. The icon, Kelly Latimore’s “Mama,” was created following the death of George Floyd and is evocative of the Pieta—a mother mourning her son.
Dean Stephen Payne opened the program, reciting "Solidarity" by Maya Angelou and reminding all that “diversity is a divine gift we should cherish.” Sister Ruth and Father Jude said a prayer, read from the book of Isaiah, and blessed the new icon with holy water. Professor Regina Jefferson led a call and response that called for the rejection of racism in both its active and passive forms. To conclude, Assistant Dean Shani Butts shared "I Dream a World" by Langston Hughes.