Southern Baptist Convention Elects Its First Black President

Source: AP / Jet Magazine

NEW ORLEANS— The Southern Baptist Convention has elected its first African-American leader.

The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was elected president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday at its annual meeting. He is the pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

The historic move comes as the denomination tries to expand its appeal beyond its traditional White Southern base. Membership and baptisms have been generally declining in recent years.

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