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Category: Religious News
Southern Baptist - Diversity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The man poised to become the first
African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention comes
from humble beginnings in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.
The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is the founder of Franklin Avenue
Baptist Church, which he built from a struggling inner-city church
into a multi-branch megachurch with a dedicated following of
When the nation's largest Protestant denomination has its annual
meeting next week in New Orleans, he will likely be elected to the
top position. He currently has no declared opponents.
It's a big step for a denomination that was formed out of a
pre-Civil War split with northern Baptists over slavery and for
much of the last century had a reputation for supporting