Q: Archbishop J, why are we celebrating the Black Power revolution?
Every country has its defining moments—a watershed that fundamentally changes the nature of the social fabric. Slavery and then its end in 1838, indentureship that brought the Indian community to our shores and the Butler riots are just some of our defining moments. And then came Independence in 1962. As a young nation, our first major challenge was the Black Power revolution of 1970.
On Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 9 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the protesters entering the Cathedral. No! They did not paint the statues black: They draped the statues with black cloth to express the dissonance they felt. The act fired the imagination of major sectors of the society. And well, as they say, the rest is history.