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Sr. Anita Baird, DHM

About the Blogger

Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, now closed, which oversaw the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions. She is a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation.

Blog posts by Sr. Anita Baird, DHM

  • Monday, July 29, 2013

    Where do we go from here?

    It has been two weeks since the Trayvon Martin verdict. It will no doubt go down in history as one of those “where were you moments,” like the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the OJ verdict or Nine Eleven.


  • Monday, January 21, 2013

    The Dream Still Lives

    On January 18 the City of Chicago hosted the 27th Annual Interfaith Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would be 84 years of age if not for an assassin’s bullet that struck him down at the tender age of 39.


  • Monday, July 12, 2010


    It was a bright sunny summer day, July 1, 2000 to be exact when I left home that morning and journeyed to St. James Church on Wabash for a press conference with Cardinal George to announce the creation of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s new Office for Racial Justice.


  • Monday, August 17, 2009

    A Glimpse of a “Post-Racial” America

    On November 4, 2008 our nation elected its first African American president and on November 5, we were talking about a “post-racial” America as if this one historic moment had the power to erase three-hundred years of racial discrimination and oppression.