A Cry for Justice: A Story of Daniel Rudd and Black Catholicism

February 3, 2013

February 7, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall on the Xavier University campus
Reception and Book Signing
Information at 513-745-3181

Dr. Gary Agee’s biography of Daniel Rudd, A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism and Activism, 1854‐1933, tells the story of Rudd and the impact he had on the fight for Equality after the Civil War and the onslaught of Jim Crow Laws.

Daniel Rudd was born into slavery in Bardstown, Ken. in 1854, one of twelve children born to Catholic slave parents. He believed Catholic theology that taught “the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of all people.” For him, it was cardinal truth of the Church.

During his lifetime, Rudd was a noted journalist, publisher, speaker and activist. He established his newspaper, the Ohio State Tribune, in January 1885. A year later, it became the American Catholic Tribune. At the height of its popularity it served 10,000 subscribers. As an editor, Rudd advocated for women’s rights, equality and fairness in employment for Blacks, and the opening of the Catholic Press Association. In 1889 he founded the National Black Catholic Congress, to urge black Catholics to take collective action to demand racial equality. The first meeting was held at St. Augustine Church in Washington, D.C.

In 1888, Rudd wrote, “We think we will live long enough to see a black man president of this Republic.”

One hundred and twenty years later, it came to pass.

Co‐sponsored by:
Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice
National Pan‐Hellenic Council
Office of Multicultural Affairs