Fr. John P. Markoe SJ and the Omaha DePorres Club

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Fr. John P. Markoe SJ and the Omaha DePorres Club

Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1915, Markoe was dishonorably discharged from the Army due to his battle with alcoholism. At the urging and encouragement of his brother William Markoe, John joined the Jesuit Order. John joined William at a Jesuit seminary outside St. Louis. In 1917, John and William vowed to fight the racism faced by Black people in America, especially in the Catholic Church.

In 1946 Fr. Markoe was appointed to teach Math and Philosophy at Creighton University. While at Creighton, he founded the DePorres club to speak out and fight against racial segregation and discrimination in Omaha. Fr. Markoe worked to improve opportunities for African-Americans while also using his Jesuit faith to convince Americans that racism was a sin.

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