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Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2012

Fred Luter, officially elected first Black President of Southern Baptist Church

At the end of the day Wednesday, the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass to an African-American pastor for the first time.

Fred Luter first black president Southern Baptist Church

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The nation’s largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday to elect the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. to lead them, an important step for a denomination that is working to escpae a reputation for supporting segregation and racism during much of the last century.

Rev. Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, as the LA Times describes the event as Luter addressed the packed convention hall and a live online audience in nominating Luter for president.

“To God be the glory for the things that he has done,” he told the crowd. “God bless you, I love you.”

In a news conference after the vote, Luter said he doesn’t think his election is some kind of token gesture.

“If we stop appointing African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics to leadership positions after this, we’ve failed,” he said. “… I promise you I’m going to do all that I can to make sure this is not just a one-and-done deal.”

He plans to use that skill to bring denominational leaders together to discuss how they can leave aside their differences and work together to spread the Gospel.

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