Author to Speak on African-American Catholic Pioneer

(Catholic Beat) The author of a biography of pioneering African American Catholic Daniel Rudd will speak at Xavier University tomorrow, Feb. 7, at 5 pm in Kelley Auditorium.

Dr. Gary Agee’s book A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism and Activism, 1854‐1933, tells the story of an African-American Catholic pioneer whose ideas were ahead of their time.

Born a slave in Bardstown, KY, Rudd became a journalist, speaker, publisher and activist. He started the the Ohio State Tribune newspaper — which later became the American Catholic Tribune — in 1885.

In 1889 he founded the National Black Catholic Congress, which to this day is dedicated to  improving “the spiritual, mental, and physical conditions of African Americans… [and] to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.” [more]

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