Headlines: Blacks and the Priesthood, Dred Scott

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Farai Chideya scans the day's headlines for news affecting black life and culture. Monday's stories include the rare ordination of a Catholic priest in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the creation of Dred Scott Way in St. Louis, Mo.


But first, let's get things off with headlines. Today we start in Cincinnati. In the Roman Catholic faith churches are part of regions called archdiocese. The archdiocese of Cincinnati ordained its third black priest this weekend. On Saturday, Deacon Reynaldo Taylor moved up. Brother Rey, as he's called now, heads off to date in Ohio to a congregation of 3,000 members. John Hingsbergen is program director for member station WMUB in Oxford, Ohio and he helped us out on the story. He went to the ceremony and asked Brother Rey if he felt the weight of his new job yet.

Father REYNALDO TAYLOR (Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio): I feel a burden from the world because we're a world in need of redemption, and I welcome it with great joy, that the Lord has called me to accept this burden and this great challenge, because I think there again as Christians we can help stop it.

CHIDEYA: Again that was Reynaldo, Brother Rey Taylor in Cincinnati, Ohio. He's only the third black priest to be ordained in Cincinnati's archdiocese. And in St. Louis, Dred Scott is getting his way literally. A board of aldermen has agreed to rename a stretch of Fourth Street Dred Scott Way. Fourth runs right in front of St. Louis' old courthouse; that's the same courthouse where Dred Scott, then a slave, first sued for his freedom. And this year marks the 150th anniversary of the famous case. It made its way up to the Supreme Court before Scott lost. We recently spoke with Scott's great, great granddaughter Lynn Jackson, and she talked about how she tries to carry on Dred Scott's legacy.

Ms. LYNN JACKSON: What our family usually says in a modest way is that we're very honored, but they did what they did and it's up to us to do what we have to do. Everybody is born with a purpose and we can do it with the virtue and character that had to be there for them to endure this.

CHIDEYA: Again that was Lynn Jackson, the great, great granddaughter of Dred Scott. She still lives in the St. Louis area and soon will be able to walk down Dred Scott Way.

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