The Acacia Tree is native to Africa and is mentioned in the biblical books of Exodus and Isaiah. The wood of the tree was used to build the Ark of the Covenant.
The book of Isaiah records it as a sign of the Messianic restoration in Israel.The Acacia has deep roots, and usually survives drought and famine. It is a strong tree that shelters animals from the searing heat of the African sun, while also providing food and nourishment.
Since biblical times, the Acacia, which is still found in many areas of Africa, has been a symbol of stability and resilience. Like the symbol of the cross, it continues to be a worthy symbol of the Black Catholic experience today, and it is an official symbol of the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC).