30 schools gather for annual African American heritage service

Students from Catholic high school and elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago gather Feb. 28, 2020 at St. Rita High School Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave., for the 42nd-annual African American Heritage Prayer Service. Students from 30 schools participated in the service, during which the archdiocese distributed awards to clergy and lay leaders, school educators and student leaders. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
St. Ethelreda students sing in the choir. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A member of the St. Ethelreda School choir proclaims the responsorial psalm. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of Christ Our Savior School praise dancers pray during the service. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of Christ the King High School praise dancers perform after the homily. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Jim Norman from Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica poses with Bishop Joseph Perry and Deacon LeRoy Gill after receiving the Clergy Award. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Alida Wallace from St. Katharine Drexel Parish and St. Ailbe School receives the Lay Leader Award from Bishop Joseph Perry. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Eric Luster, eighth-grade teacher and chess coach at St. Ethelreda School, poses after receiving the Elementary Educator Award. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Shaka Rawls, principal of Leo High School, hugs Deacon Leroy Gill as he receives the High School Educator Award. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Senite Barih, a senior at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, poses after receiving the High School Student Award. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The St. Ethelreda School choir sings at the end of the service. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)