An upcoming lecture will examine racism among American women religious.

Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor history at Villanova University, will discuss “The Real Sister Act: Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in U.S. Female Religious Life.”

Sponsored by the Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics, the presentation will take place on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Doyle Banquet Hall South on the campus of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The free event will mark Black Catholic History Month, an annual observance instituted in 1990 by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the U.S.

For information and registration, visit or contact Father Richard Owens, director of the Office for Black Catholics, at