The Black Madonna for Racial Liberation

Friday, March 24, 2023 12:00 pm EST

Join the Medieval Institute, the Initiative on Race and Resilience, and the departments of Africana StudiesProgram of Liberal Studies and Theology for the final webinar in our series on pilgrimage – Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation! Can the embodied practice of pilgrimage move us toward healing and racial liberation?

Christena Cleveland, Ph.D., joins us to discuss her new book, God Is A Black Woman (2022), which chronicles her 400-mile walking pilgrimage across France to the ancient shrines of Black Madonnas. Cleveland tells of the spiritual transformation she experienced as she encountered a God who affirms the sacredness of all Black people.

Pilgrimage for Healing and Liberation is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of Theology, Program of Liberal Studies, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and the Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience. This event was recorded on March 24, 2023.


  • Christena Cleveland, founder of the Center for Justice and Renewal and its sister organization Sacred Folk, and the author of the book God Is a Black Woman.
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