S. Barbara Moore Honored at St. Ambrose U

 Watch Sister Barbara's commencement speech.

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, PhD, addressed the St. Ambrose University Class of 2013 at the May 11 commencement ceremonies. She was also given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The school, located in Davenport, Iowa, spent an academic year spent exploring "Race Matters," and will conclude with a commencement address by Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, PhD, who helped advance the civil rights movement as one of the "Sisters of Selma."

Sister Barbara was one of two African-American nuns who went to Selma in 1965 to stand with Americans marching for equal voting rights in the Jim Crow-era south. She was among a large group of Catholic nuns from across the Midwest who came to be known as the "Sisters of Selma." The story of their involvement was documented in a 2007 PBS Frontline report "Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change."

Sister Barbara's experience in Selma and a lifetime of advocating for healthcare among the poor and disenfranchised make her a fitting commencement speaker at the conclusion of an academic year spent investigating race in America, said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose.

"She is a quiet, self-effacing, brilliant woman and has been active the past 50 years in efforts to advance civil rights for our country," said Sister Joan.

Sister Barbara said her address to the St. Ambrose Class of 2013 touched upon her roots and her profound experience in Selma as well as "the implications for what is going on here and now in our country."

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