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Racial Justice and the Catholic Church Topic of Markoe-DePorres Lecture

Lecture Marks 65th Anniversary of Omaha Markoe-DePorres Club

Marquette Theology Professor the Rev. Bryan Massingale, will present the 19th annual Creighton University Markoe-DePorres lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 602 N. 20th St.

Massingale, the past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, will talk about “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.” His book of the same title published in 2010, received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association.

This lecture marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Omaha DePorres Club. The Markoe-DePorres lecture series was inaugurated in 1994 in honor of the Rev John Markoe, S.J., and the Omaha De Porres Club he founded on Nov. 3, 1947, in what is now the Spillane Room on the fourth floor of Creighton Hall. Fr. Markoe, a member of the mathematics faculty, mentored the club through the 1950s and into the 1960s. The club was made up mainly of students from Creighton and other area colleges.

Named after Saint Martin De Porres, the patron of social justice, the objective of the club was the realization of racial justice in Omaha. The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Martin De Porres on November 3.

The Omaha De Porres Club used nonviolent but militant tactics several years before similar boycotts, sit-ins and marches garnered headlines in the South, especially under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Before King and the civil rights movement achieved national and even international prominence, Fr. Markoe and the De Porres Club stirred consciences and challenged racist attitudes and segregationist practices in Omaha. The lecture is sponsored by the Creighton Justice and Peace Studies program