Gary Agee (#714)
Gary Agee, an adjunct professor at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana, discusses his book, A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933, about Daniel Rudd, a black Catholic publisher and civil rights leader who was born a slave in Bardstown, Kentucky, in 1854.
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Daniel Rudd was among the best-known black Catholics in America. Born in Bardstown, he attended religious classes at St. Joseph's at a time when Jesuits were reaching out to the African-American community. After the Civil War and his father's death, he moved to Ohio at the age of 12. He began working in the newspaper business, and in Cincinnati became publisher of the American Catholic Tribune, which became one of the most successful black newspapers in the country. He founded the National Black Catholic Congress in 1889.
In his book, author Gary Agee, who began his research into Rudd while working on his dissertation, shows how Rudd promoted racial equality and justice by emphasizing the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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