I hardly expect when a little boy, in the State of Kentucky, that this early day of my life-and I am a young man yet- I would by standing before a Catholic convention of this Union, to lift my voice in the interest of my race and of my church; but such is the case.

The speaker of these words was a slim, young Black man who delivered an address to the Catholic Young Men’s National Union in Cincinnati in June, 1888. His name was Daniel Rudd and he was imparting to his audience of white Catholic men a dream that he had. His address continued:

It may seem strange to you, possibly, to hear me talking about colored Catholics, or any other sort of Catholics…

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