S. Alexandra Kuhn on HECTV Live


Panel participants (L-R), Carmele Hall, a student at the time of integration; Dr. Jim Dohle, history chair at Christian Brothers College High School; Leon Henderson, president of Cardinal Ritter College Prep; Sister Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ, former teacher; and Tim Gore, host.

Sister Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ, participated in HECTV Live on February 4. The topic: Integration in Catholic Schools--The St. Louis Experience. The program was broadcast live from the library at Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis.

A science teacher,  Sister Alexandra taught from 1950-1951 at St. Joseph High School in St. Louis. This school, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph, was the only Catholic high school in St. Louis for African-American students. Archbishop (Cardinal) Ritter, a man ahead of his time in his pursuit of integration in the schools, closed St. Joseph's in 1951 as part of his mission.

Sister Alexandra recalled, "When I was asked if it would bother me to teach the black students, I said, 'no.' I was sent to teach their minds."

The rich conversation among the participants extended to viewers' questions submitted via e-mail as well as questions from Cardinal Ritter students who were present.

This program was produced in conjunction with HECTV's documentary, Mission To Educate — A Faithful Past, A Faith-Filled Future. It is the story of Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese and tells the history of the leaders whose impact rippled across the country and whose core values remain alive and well in today. The Sisters of St. Joseph are featured for being pioneers in educating deaf and African-American students.   Read more.

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