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Dr.-Shannen-Dee-WilliamsShannen Dee Williams, assistant professor of history, recently published an essay in History News Network examining Georgetown University’s connection to black nuns and its role in advancing racial justice in the Catholic Church.

The essay explores the significance of Georgetown University’s recent decision to rename a hall after Oblate Sister of Providence Mary Aloysius (Anne Marie) Becraft as a part of its reconciliation plan and attempt to atone for its history of involvement in slavery. Read the essay online.

This academic year, Williams is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, where she is completing her book manuscript, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States.