(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 Ageeâ€™s book A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism and Activism, 1854â€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 â€” which later became the American Catholic Tribune â€” in 1885.
In 1889 he founded the National Black Catholic Congress, which to this day is dedicated toÂ improving â€œthe spiritual, mental, and physical conditions of African Americansâ€¦ [and] to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.â€ [more]