Daniel A. Rudd, born a slave in Bardstown, Kentucky, grew up to achieve much in the years following the Civil War. His Catholic
faith, passion for activism, and talent for writing led him to increasingly influential positions in many places. One of his
important early accomplishments was the publication of the American Catholic Tribune, which Rudd referred to as "the only
Catholic journal owned and published by colored men." At its zenith, the Tribune, run out of Detroit and Cincinnati, where
Rudd lived, had ten thousand subscribers, making it one of the most successful black newspapers in the country. Rudd was also
active in the leadership of the Afro-American Press Association, and he was a founding member of the Catholic Press Association.
By 1889, Rudd was one of the nation's best-known black Catholics. His work was endorsed by a number of high-ranking church
officials in Europe as well as in the United States, and he was one of the founders of the Lay Catholic Congress movement.
Later, his travels took him to Bolivar County, Mississippi, and eventually on to Forrest City, Arkansas, where he worked for
the well-known black farmer and businessperson, Scott Bond, and eventually co-wrote Bond's biography.