A Light Will Rise in the Darkness

Growing Up Black and Catholic in New Orleans

by Jo Anne Tardy (ACTA Publications)


Part of The American Catholic Experience series, this memoir follows a young girl who lived in the cultural patchwork of the vibrant city of New Orleans in the 1940s and ’50s. Includes a brief ending reflection on her old neighborhood of Algiers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The author’s son, Mel Tardy ’86, ’90MBA, is associate director of the Balfour Scholar Program at Notre Dame.

(March 2007)