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Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. highlights mass incarceration

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Does the name Jeremiah Wright sound familiar?

Wright is a retired senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of President Obama.

“The Jeremiah Wright controversy is an American political issue that gained national attention in March 2008 when ABC News, after reviewing dozens of U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright’s sermons, excerpted parts which were subject to intense media scrutiny.

Obama denounced the statements in question, but after critics continued to press the issue of his relationship with Wright he gave a speech titled “A More Perfect Union”, in which he sought to place Dr. Wright's comments in a historical and sociological context.

In the speech, Obama again denounced Wright's remarks, but did not disown him as a person. The controversy began to fade, but was renewed in late April when Wright made a series of media appearances, including an interview on Bill Moyers Journal, a speech at the NAACP and a speech at the National Press Club.

After the last of these, Obama spoke more forcefully against his former pastor, saying that he was “outraged” and “saddened” by his behavior, and in May he resigned his membership in the church.”

The renowned Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., comes to Los Angeles for the 'Theology in the Hood Revival' set for Tuesday, January 7 through Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m., at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 7900 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles.

Dr. Wright, who established several outreach ministries while serving as senior pastor of Trinity UCC during his 36 year tenure, continues to share his knowledge and expertise to individuals, churches, and organizations for service to underserved segments of the community.

“Dr. Wright is one of the special gifts to Black Community. He has been so severely misrepresented and misunderstood by those who fail to grasp the language of the prophetic.”

According to Pastor Clyde W. Oden, Jr., of Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church,“There are alarming statistics surrounding the mass incarceration of Black and Brown brothers and sisters. It only takes a moment to realize that more of our families are called upon to be at prisons on visitation days than on college campuses on graduation day."

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