Formation of NBCCC

In April 1968, amidst a growing sense of Black Nationalism and facing widespread riots and disillusionment in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., roughly half of the then 150 Black Catholic Clergy met separately at the Catholic Clergy Conference on the Interracial Apostolate — the first time the nation’s Black Catholic Clergy had ever gathered as one body.  With a prophetic voice and after hours of intense deliberation, they published a statement; courageously called out the Catholic Church as a racist institution, proposing necessary changes for the Church to become viable in the Black community; but also, expressing hope in the future.  This meeting became the genesis for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC).  The latter became a catalyst and inspiration for the formation of many other Black Catholic leadership organizations, institutions and publications.

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2019 NBCCC Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 NBCCC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Brother Roy Smith, C.S.C.

Established

 

 

  • National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus
  • Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Caucus (PARCCC)
  • Black Catholic History Month (November)
  • Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, New Orleans

 

 

Formed

 

 

  • National Black Catholic Seminarians Association (NBCSA)

 

 

Founded

 

 

  • National Association of African American Catholic Deacons (now National Association of Black Catholic Deacons, NABCD)

 

 

Co-Founded

 

 

  • National Office for Black Catholics (NOBC)
  • Black Catholic Theological Symposium

 

 

Published

 

 

  • Declaration on Racism in the Catholic Church
  • Black Catholic Men of God

 

 

Partnered with

 

 

  • Black Unity and Spiritual Togetherness (B.U.S.T.)
  • National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL)
  • Ambassadors of the Word

 

 

Supported

 

 

  • Rebirth of the National Black Catholic Congress

 

 

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3 Components of NBCCC

 

 

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National Black Catholic Congress

National Black Sisters' Conference

National Association of Black Catholic Deacons

Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS)

National Black Catholic Seminarians Association

Black Catholic Theological Symposium

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life