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Topic - Fred Luter Jr.
The nation's largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.
The Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to elect its first black 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 Christians.
The person expected to be in the running to become the first black man in the No. 2 position of the nation's largest Protestant denomination didn't choose to become a Southern Baptist. By Fred Luter Jr.'s account, it just sort of happened.
"Many leaders are convinced this nomination is happening now by the provenance of God," he said.
Mr. Luter said he doesn't want to speculate on that.