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Sr. Thea Bowman
Transcript of Sr. Thea Bowman
Thea was born in Yazoo, Mississippi in 1937. Being born Protestant, she independantly converted to Catholicism with her parents permission. At the time the public schools open to African Americans were not the best, so her parents saved up for a while to send her to a good private Catholic school.
She knew she wanted to become a sister after getting educated my sisters themselves.
Thea joined the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
She was one of few african Americans in the community, which was a difficult change.
Her real name was actually Bertha but she later went by "Thea" which means God. She later graduated from Boston University with a dgree in Theology
Spreading the word
Sr. Theas goal was not to learn, but for others to learn by her teachings.
She wanted people to really see what AA could bring to the church. She formed choirs and scholarship foundations for them. she also stressed education.
she spread her love of God through songs, stories, and preachings around the US.
She wnated the catholic chrurch to accept blacks and show equality of race.
She passed away from bone cancer at the age of 52 in 1990.