New Orleans pastor Fred Luter Jr. became the first African American president of the 167-year-old Southern Baptist Convention, whose members are meeting this week in Luter’s home town.
June 19, 2012 Rev. Fred Luter Jr. wipes away tears as he is elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination's annual meeting, held this year in Luther’s home town of New Orleans. Luter is the first African American to be elected president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Current president Bryant Wright, right, told those gathered for the convention that they were “privileged to be here for this historic occasion.” Gerald Herbert/AP Buy Photo