Angela Polite's "passion play" incorporates narrative, monologues, music and dance, culminating in a final scene that ties all grieving black mothers to Holy Mary.
President Barack Obama has had successes and failures in calming the nation's culture wars.
Fueled by campus unrest with its own historical role in slavery, the Jesuit school plans to establish a new research center and department of African American Studies.
When officials from four groups of black Catholic clergy selected Charleston as the location of their 2015 joint conference, they did not expect to gather in a city rocked by a race-related shooting.
With little fanfare, the banner was lowered from its perch alongside a Confederate memorial near the Capitol.
We say: People of faith who want to move beyond the horror and outrage caused by the Charleston shooting must learn two hard lessons.
Thousands of mourners stood together for hours on a brutally hot day, waiting patiently for the chance to pay their respects.
Hundreds packed the pews Sunday of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, readying themselves to bury nine beloved members and seek justice on their behalf as part of the church's activist tradition.
In an energetic and emotional service, the Rev. Norvel Goff assured those gathered that the victims, including the church's pastor and state senator the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, did not die in vain. Others echoed that sentiment, saying that while the city is preparing for funeral services, calls for reforms and social activism would also follow.
Two days after Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire inside an historic black church in a city with deep black historical roots, the country is poised Friday to celebrate black empowerment and freedom from slavery.
Based on comments floating through social media and on editorials from news organizations, Juneteenth will have particular significance in Charleston, S.C., the community where nine people died after being shot during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a house of worship founded by slave revolt organizer Denmark Vesey and others.