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5 August 2004 MLK was not Catholic, but it seems that the discese of Oakland wants to honor both a woman and a civil rights leader. His depiction with just Jesus may be intended to contrast with Day's trinity, as Day was a Catholic. There are not very many African American Catholics in the US. My cousin's order of nuns was segregated until the 40's. The Catholic church was traditionally unfriendly to african americans. Obviously, things have improved, but as far as I know, there are no black leftists under consideration for cannonization. The patron saint index lists three black saints: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/pst00821.htm

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