“I am here because I am a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.... I’m here today because yesterday [in Saint Louis] I voted.” -Sr. Antonia Ebo at Selma, 1965.
The life of Sr. Antonia Ebo is incredible, and likely unknown by many. Shannen Dee Williams wrote a profound article in America Magazine's January 2018 issue:
". . .Like many pioneering black sisters in white orders, Ebo endured unconscionable discrimination from her white counterparts and superiors. The Sisters of St. Mary built a separate novitiate for its first black candidates to ensure segregation in the dining, training and social interactions of the community. The white superiors also initially barred their black members from entering the motherhouse. On June 9, 1947, Ebo and the four other black members of the order professed their first vows in a segregated ceremony at which the archbishop of St. Louis officiated."
". . . It should come as no surprise that Ebo was among the first representatives of the church to go to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in support of its protesting citizens following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. and the militarization of police forces against them. Speaking to a camera crew in Ferguson, Ebo reminded them: “You are not here to take a superficial picture.... You are going to raise the rug up and look at what’s under the rug.”
Read the rest of the America article here.
We commemorate the life of Sr. Ebo and hope to bring attention to her brave Catholic journey with this simple but beautiful wrap bracelet.
Purple frosted agates with multi-colored crystals on dark blue leather lines. Stainless steel resistance charm with cross. Adjustable wrap bracelet.
20% of all profits will be donated to the National Urban League