WOMEN RELIGIOUS: “Influential” Ugandan nun shines light on sacred tradition of Black Catholic women
by Shannen Dee Williams
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe photographed in Paidha, Uganda, where she was born and raised, giving tour while shooting for the film, Sewing Hope. The picture was taken in October of 2011. Photo Credit: Derek Watson
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s inclusion on Time magazine’s 2014 list of the world’s 100 most influential people represents a pivotal breakthrough moment for black Catholic nuns in the Atlantic world, although most people don’t realize it.
Featured alongside the likes of Pope Francis and music entertainment mogul Beyoncé, Sister Rosemary is the first black nun to be named to this prestigious list of world leaders, and this fact should not be so easily overlooked.
After all, the 2013 controversy surrounding the casting of five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess in NBC’s live remake of The Sound of Music painfully revealed that there are still plenty of people in the world…
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