Southern Baptist Convention Elects Its First Black President

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167x120 image for tp120619southern_baptist_conSince this morning, when we first recorded our broadcast of To the Point, the Southern Baptist Convention elected its first black president. The Rev. Fred Luter said, "That I can be president of the largest Protestant denomination in the country is unbelievable." He is a black preacher from New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. The denomination he'll be leading was born before the Civil War in defense of slavery. Resisting integration, it was a bastion of white supremacists through the civil rights movement and into the 1990's.

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Guests:
Erik Eckholm - New York Times - @eckholm, Dwight McKissic, Sr. - Cornerstone Baptist Church, David Emmanuel Goatley - Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Josef Sorett - Columbia University - @josefsorett, Amy Black - Wheaton College

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg, Lata Pandya