But we may not be aware of a U.S.-born graduate of the Coady Institute, the late Fr. Albert J. McKnight, a remarkable African-American Spiritan priest who passed away in 2016 at the age of 88. Here’s how one obituary described him:
Fr. McKnight was a towering influence on the African American Economic Development Movement in the South. He organized the Southern Cooperative Development Fund (SCDF) and Southern Development Foundation (SDF) to complement the Black Farm Coop Movement of the early 1970s in the South.
Like Arizmendi, Fr. McKnight is another Catholic icon of social justice, one whose life can speak to an American context in which racism enabled economic expropriation for practically the entire history of the U.S.