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National Prayer Vigil for Life
January 21- 22, 2016

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. View the complete schedule of events.

Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC

Sponsored by: USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America Office of Campus Ministry.

Cost: FREE

Registration Info: USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, email

For more information, contact:
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities,
Attn: National Prayer Vigil for Life,
3211 Fourth St., NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194

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Black Catholic Calendar (USA)

January 2016 | February 2016
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The Octave Day of the Nativity of The Lord

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God (S)

(Holy Day of Obligation)

New Year's Day

Last Day of Kwanzaa

Emancipation Proclamation issued, the freedom of Slaves - 1863
Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen {M}

First National Negro Catholic Congress, Washington, DC - 1889

Sharon Pratt Dixon, 1st African-American female mayor of the District of Columbia, sworn in - 1991
Epiphany of the LORD (S)

Lucretia Mott, abolitionist b. 1793 in Nantucket, MA

Samuel Younge, Jr., 1st student killed in the Civil Rights Movement - 1986
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton {M}

Eddie Pilcque, 1st African-American ring announcer, world championship boxing match, d. 1986
St. John Neumann {M}

George Washington Carver, scientist, botanist, educator, inventor, d. 1943
St. Andre' Bessette

Harold Perry SVD ordained Catholic Bishop for New Orleans, LA - 1966

Dizzy Gillespie, famed jazz trumpeter, d. 1993 Englewood, NJ
St. Raymond of Penyafort

Marian Anderson, 1st African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera - 1955
Charles Deslondes leads Louisiana slave revolt - 1811

Preview Upcoming EventsMiracle Healing Service in Bel Air
Fisk University, convened its first classes, Nashville, TN - 1886

Beatrice Morrow Cannady, civil rights activist/editor, b. 1889 Littig, TX
Countee Cullen, poet/writer, d. 1946 NYC
Baptism of the Lord (F)

Georgia Equal Rights Association organized - 1866 Augusta, GA
Dolly Adams, jazz pianist, b. 1904 New Orleans, LA

Mary J. Blige, R&B singer, b. 1971 Bronx, NY

Preview Upcoming EventsEarned Sick Leave Rally with Sen. Catherine Pugh and Del. Luke Clippinger
Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded - 1957

Supreme Court rules that African Americans may study law - 1948 OK

Lorraine Hansberry, author, A Raisin in the Sun, d. 1965 NYC
St. Hilary

First Black labor convention, Washington, DC - 1869
Lawrence D. Wilder of Virginia becomes the 1st elected African-American governor since Reconstruction - 1990
Martin Luther King, Jr., b. 1929 Atlanta, GA

Vernon J. Baker (WWII Veteran) receives Medal of Honor, Washington, DC - 1997

Preview Upcoming EventsFilm Showing of “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change”

Continental Congress accepts enlistment of free Negroes in the Revolutionary Army - 1776

NASA names the 1st three African-American astronauts - 1978

Preview Upcoming EventsCracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity - A documentary and Racial Justice Dialogue Event
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wilton D. Gregory Installed Archbishop Atlanta, GA - 2005

Muhammad Ali, boxer,philanthropist, b. 1942 Louisville, KY

Michelle Obama, First Lady, b. 1964 Chicago, IL
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (USA)

Preview Upcoming Events31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Robert C. Weaver becomes the 1st African-American member of the U.S. cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Development - 1966
UCLA renames the social sciences building in honor of alumnus Ralph J. Bunche, statesman and political scientist - 1969
St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

First African Baptist Church organized in Savannah, GA - 1778

Sarah W. Fabio, poet/educator, b. 1928 Nashville, TN

Barack Obama, inaugurated 1st African-American President of USA - 2009

Sworn in for a second term - 2013
St. Agnes {M}

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Fanny Jackson Coppin, educator, missionary, d. 1913 Philadelphia, PA

Black congressional representatives boycott Richard Nixon's State of the Union address because of his refusal to respond to Black Americans' petitions - 1971
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Benjamin Banneker helped survey the land of Washington, DC - 1791

Alexander P. Tureaud, Sr., attorney for New Orleans Chapter of the NAACP, d. 1972 New Orleans, LA

Preview Upcoming EventsSalt & Light Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope


Surgery pioneer, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, establishes Provident Hospital and Training School Association - 1891 Chicago, IL

Paul Robeson, singer, actor, activist, d. 1976 Philadelphia, PA

Preview Upcoming EventsCatholic Social Ministry Gathering
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thurgood Marshall, 1st African-American Supreme Court Justice, d. 1993 Bethesda, MD
The Conversion of St. Paul {F}

Fr. Rollins E. Lambert, 1st African-American ordained for Archdiocese of Chicago d. 2009

Etta James, singer/songwriter/ b. 1938 Los Angeles, CA

Constance B. Motley becomes the 1st appointed African-American female federal judge - 1966
Sts. Timothy and Titus {M}

Bessie Coleman, 1st African-American female aviator, b. 1892 Atlanta, TX

Condoleezza Rice, 1st African-American female Secretary of State - 2005
St. Angelo Merici

Moses Anderson SSE ordained Catholic Bishop for Detroit, MI - 1983

Leontyne Price, renowned opera singer, makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House - 1961
St. Thomas Aquinas {M}

Joseph Howze ordained Catholic Bishop for MS - 1973

Richmond Barthe', sculptor, b. 1901 Bay St. Louis, MS
Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host,actress, publisher,philanthropist, b. 1954 Kosciusko, MS

Preview Upcoming EventsParish Social Ministry Regional Training Houston, TX

Andrew Young, 1st African-American U.N. Ambassador takes office - 1977

Coretta Scott King, d. 2006 Baja California, Mexico
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Congress passed 13th Amendment abolishing slavery - 1865

Doug Williams, the 1st African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, named MVP in Super Bowl XXII - 1986
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