We can only work for a better future if we truly understand our past. The Cathedral’s Racial Justice Task Force presents a series of first-person oral histories from African American members of the Cathedral community to help us all learn, reflect and walk forward together.

Week 1: Judy Rutherford

Week 1: Judy Rutherford

Our first video features longtime Cathedral stalwart Judy Rutherford, who grew up in the Jim Crow South and lived on the front lines of the civil rights movement. From lunch counter sit-ins to run-ins with police, Judy’s story will change the way you see our history.

Week 2: The Rev. Vincent P. Harris

Week 2: The Rev. Vincent P. Harris

The Rev. Vincent Harris was the only African American graduate of his seminary class, and was warned by other white clergy not to be a “militant radical” on racial inequities in the church. Needless to say, that didn’t stop him.