Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2022

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Commencement Speaker Part of Epic Moment in Civil Rights Lore

(from Ambrozine, newsletter of St. Ambrose University, April 2013)

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, PhD, will address the St. Ambrose Class of 2017 at the May 11 commencement ceremonies.

An upbringing that stressed the value of an education and encouraged an unwavering sense of her own self-worth led Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, PhD, to Selma, Ala., for a few memorable days in March of 1965.

Sister Barbara said her experience in Selma during a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement steeled her lifelong determination never to stay silent in the face of injustice.

Sister Barbara will be the commencement speaker at the St. Ambrose University 2013 Spring Graduation on May 11. She will be given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree prior to addressing a class of 679 degree candidates at the 1 p.m. ceremony at the i Wireless Center in Moline, Ill.

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Carondelet for the past 50 years and a founding member of the National Black Sisters Conference, Sister Barbara was one of two African-American nuns who went to Selma in 1965 to stand with Americans marching for equal voting rights in the Jim-Crow-era South.

She was among a large group of Catholic nuns from across the Midwest who came to be known as the "Sisters of Selma." The story of their involvement was documented in a 2007 PBS Frontline report "Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change."

“Sister Barbara's experience in Selma and a lifetime of advocating for healthcare among the poor and disenfranchised make her a fitting commencement speaker at the conclusion of an academic year spent investigating race in America,” said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose.

(Continue reading the story on the St. Ambrose University website!)