The African American Church: Intersection of Race, Religion, Politics

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Yesterday in Philadelphia, Barack Obama addressed the potent issues of race, religion and politics in a speech designed to allow his campaign get past the controversy created by some of the sermons of his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. How did it come to this? We talk to the reporter who sparked the controversy, learn about the roots of the black church in America and its current role in African American society, and hear more about the difference in black and white Christian traditions.

Ronald Kessler - author, 'The First Family Detail' - @RonaldKessler, Melissa Harris Lacewell - Professor of Politics and African American Studies, Princeton University, Brad Braxton - Professor of Homiletics, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Richard Cizik - New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, Frank Schaeffer - son of evangelical Francis Schaeffer

Lawrence O'Donnell

Katie Cooper, Dan Konecky, Christian Bordal