On Sunday, April 7, 2013 I chatted with author Gary B. Agee, PhD about his book, A Cry for Justice – Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism 1854 – 1933. Gary is a husband and father to ten children. Daniel RuddHe is an Adjunct Professor of Church History at the Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a MA in Theological Studies from Xavier University, and a PhD from the University of Dayton. Dr. Agee is the Lead Pastor at Beechwood Church of God in Gratis, Ohio, which also made him my first non-Catholic guest on the David L. Gray Show.

In this book Agee documents the life of Daniel Rudd, who was born a slave in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1854 – valued at $250, and by 1889 would become one of the nation’s best-known Black Catholics. Rudd was a pioneer in journalism, and his American Catholic Tribune was one of the most successful Black newspapers in the country; reaching 10,000 subscribers at its peak. Rudd’s lasting achievement is that he was the founder of the National Black Catholic Conference, which is still a vibrant organization today.

You can purchase the hard-copy of A Cry for Justice online at Amazon.Com for $39.95, or you can contact the author, Gary B. Agee at gbagee@anderson.edu for a more economical print of the book.

This was probably my favorite show to-date, simply because Daniel Rudd is such an amazing person, who offered his life to cause of evangelizing Catholicism to Blacks in America. Please listen to this show and purchase this book. Learning about the work of Rudd is very worthwhile. The way he lived his life has a lot to offer all of us all. I’m absolutely sure you will enjoy listening to it! To hear the recorded broadcast you can either go directly to the archive website, or Just Press PLAY Below to Listen.

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