Little Known Black History Fact: Rev. Fred Luter, Jr.

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  • Reverend Fred Luter, Jr. has been elected as the first black President of the Southern Baptist Convention. The organization that has had the tarnished reputation of being a place for white supremecy, racism and segregation since the mid 1800s, made a decision to change their current course in history. Reverend Fred Luter, Jr. was unopposed in the decision for his election as president.  Voted in by thousands of members, the 55-year-old pastor from New Orleans was the only one running for office of the organization.

    Reverend Luter started preaching with a megaphone on the streets of the 9th Ward. His outlook on life had changed when he escaped death in 1977 after a motorcycle accident. Once he recovered, he made a vow to spend his life serving God.

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