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    Southern Baptists re-elect first black president

    3:12 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
    Rev. Fred Luter Jr (Photo: USAToday.com)
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    HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.

    Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation's largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base.

    The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year.

    Luter was re-elected on Tuesday during the convention's annual meeting in Houston. He was unopposed and received a standing ovation.

    Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two one-year terms.

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