One act set in motion a chain of events that threatened one Catholic community's ability to thrive.
It happened between 1945 and 1946 at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Detroit in the Chancellor's office. Msgr. John C. Ryan called an emergency meeting with the cardinal...
And so the stage was set for the years of turmoil that followed and the subsequent demise of this once vibrant church. Here comes the author who gives the reader an intimate look at her church, the township she grew up in, and its historical significance to World War II, Henry Ford's auto plant, migration from the south, and the housing crisis that was unfolding.
The reader is introduced to the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community who helped shape and establish this community that shaped her. But the book takes a different turn as the research uncovers forgotten secrets.
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About the Author
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. She is married to Langston and lives in Oak Park.
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I love history and what we can learn from it. "Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community" by Shirley Harris Slaughter is exactly that--history we can learn from. Ms. Slaughter has written a fascinating reflection not only of the Catholic Church, but racial issues within it and the surrounding community in Detroit. Not only did the author show the Church through her own family’s history, but the book covered many well-documented backgrounds from the parishioners that attended the Church, the Priests and Nuns. Included were pictures giving the reader a full insight as to what happened in the rise and fall of this parish. Ms. Slaughter showed us a past in which we can improve upon. "Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community" fills a void in history that I was unaware was missing. For anyone who has an interest in history, religion or the African-American experience. I highly recommend this book.
This is a fantastic glimpse into the past. I am impressed with the way these people worked and fought so they could have a place to worship and receive a good education. (I was born in the eighties. I never really thought twice about what it meant going to church and school. I just went.) To read about the plight of not having access to these things made me think how it must have been, and I was cheering the founders of OLV on as I was reading. The author states the facts, no matter how harsh they may be, and I applaud her for that. People do not need to shy away from what was, or there will be no going forward. I was saddened to learn that OLV closed its doors. The church stands as a testament to the determination and fortitude it the founding leaders.
"Our Lady of Victory" was a well-researched and well-written account of the birth and demise of a church in an African-American community. The author offers her own recollections of the church, then delves into its history and those key people instrumental in the history of the church. Through various government and religious decisions, a church and school in a thriving community were never able to really reach their full potential, beaten down every step of the way. It's a sad state of affairs that racism plays such a prominent role in religious matters, when we should all work together.