ATLANTA, GA (BlackNews.com) — C. David Moody, Jr., was a Black
all-American, middle-class youth and young adult.
Born and raised in Chicagos Southside neighborhood, he moved with his
family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating from Huron High School
there, he attended prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on
a football scholarship, studied architecture, joined Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, enjoyed an active college social life, graduated, then went
on to earn a five-year professional degree in architecture from Howard
As his life progressed, he got his first professional job, married the
love of his life, had two children, and turned his twin passions
architecture and construction into a successful career.
The skyline of his adopted hometown of Atlanta is dotted with
award-winning structures built by his company, C.D. Moody Construction.
Since 2000, his company has been identified every year by Black
Enterprise magazine as one of Americas largest Black-owned businesses.
But keeping a devastating secret childhood sexual abuse almost
I planned on going to my grave with my secret of being sexually
abused by a male babysitter as a child, Moody reveals in his new book,
_Fighting Through the Fear My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual
Finally, in 1992, Moody told his wife Karla. Soon thereafter, he had a
complete nervous breakdown and begin to suffer from post-traumatic
stress syndrome (PTSD) bouts of sudden panic that felt like a heart
attack; fear of crowds and going to unfamiliar places; extreme
nervousness and fatigue. It took almost a lifetime for him to break his
In 2015, he decided to write a book about his struggle. Moodys
co-author, Charles W. Cherry II, is his fraternity brother and former
freshman-class roommate at Morehouse College.
In _Fighting Through the Fear_, readers accompany Moody on his journey
of healing while raising a family, building a thriving construction
business during Atlantas emergence on the international stage during
the 1996 Olympics and thereafter, growing in his religious faith, and
The picture on the cover of the book is one I took in 2015 after a
thunderstorm over the Gulf of Mexico. I came through a storm of
childhood trauma that has affected my entire life, but the sun still
shines and the waves calmed down. We are much stronger than we can
imagine, Moody explains. I want to help survivors to live their best
_Fighting Through the Fear_ is available at https://moodyspeaks.com. A
portion of the profits will be used to support organizations that help
survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Visit www.moodyspeaks.com  for
ABOUT THE BOOK:
_Fighting Through the Fear My Journey of Healing from Childhood
By Charles D. Moody Jr. with Charles W. Cherry II
Publisher: MoodySpeaks LLC
Available at www.moodyspeaks.com 
Media Q&As available upon request. Contact Moody at
[email protected] for personal appearances, including speeches.