Southern Baptists elect first black president
Protestant group hopes now to ease its racial tensions
The Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to elect its first African-American president in one of its biggest steps yet to reconcile the 167-year-old denomination’s troubled racial past and appeal to a more diverse group of believers. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was unopposed in being elected by thousands of enthusiastic delegates on Tuesday at the annual meeting of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination in his hometown of New Orleans.