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White, Black Baptists showed unity in 1946 meeting

It was against this backdrop that the Savannah Fellowship Meeting took place. The meeting was the first of its kind between Georgia’s largest white and Black Baptist conventions.

Blacks say Black churches have played role in struggle for racial equality, Pew finds

WASHINGTON (BP) – Black Americans broadly believe Black churches have played at least some role in the struggle for racial equality in the U.S., but fewer look to the church for racial affirmation or pride, according to a large new study by Pew Research on the Black church in America.

In historic first, Black president and vice president lead South Carolina Baptists

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) – Just months after planting Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville in 2003, Alex Sands realized the enormity of the task.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘He looks like me!’

HOUSTON (BP) – “Daddy, he looks like me!” My young Black son pointed to the only Black basketball player on the court that night at my overwhelmingly white seminary. Even at a young age, he immediately felt represented by the one man on the court who shared his appearance. Without knowing it, my son was experiencing “representation.”

Americans less optimistic about race relations, study shows

NASHVILLE (BP) – Fewer Americans believe our nation has made significant progress in race relations, and a majority say things grew worse under Donald Trump’s presidency.

Tulsa Race Massacre Prayer Room offers healing upon tragedy’s centennial

TULSA, Okla. (BP) – A hundred years after a horrific massacre, Deron Spoo hopes to set the foundation for a new narrative.

Mississippi flag change influenced by SBC resolution

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – When Mississippi raised its new state flag this week, the banner did not bear the Confederate battle emblem – a symbol ditched six months ago by state lawmakers. A prominent Mississippi legislator says the SBC helped influence the change with its 2016 resolution on the Confederate battle flag.

Pastors more hesitant to preach on race

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago.

NAAF leaders, seminary presidents hold ‘honest and open conversation’

NASHVILLE (BP) – A multi-ethnic group of Southern Baptist leaders described a meeting Wednesday (Jan. 6) as productive and trust-building, saying although they did not agree on all points, they were committed together to fighting racism and to honoring “our common commitment to the inerrant Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Group of Southern Baptists opposes those who ‘distract’ from racial reconciliation

NASHVILLE (BP) — Citing “recent events [that] have left many brothers and sisters of color feeling betrayed and wondering if the [SBC] is committed to racial reconciliation,” a cross-ethnic group of Southern Baptists released a statement today (Dec. 18) titled “Justice, Repentance, and the SBC.”