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Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. (born September 22, 1941) is a former pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a megachurch in Chicago, Illinois with around 10,000 members. In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the pastor of his congregation.[1][2] Following retirement, Wright’s beliefs and manner of preaching were scrutinized when segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with presidential candidate Barack Obama. [3] Obama addressed the matter in his “A More Perfect Union” speech,[4]. To lay his actual positions on various social issues before the nation, Rev.Wright gave a speech before the NAACP on April 27th, 2008, wherein he stressed that he was not “divisive”, but “descriptive”, and that the Black church experience, like the Black culture was “different” not “deficient” [5].

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Wright was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a racially mixed section called Germantown.[6] His parents are Jeremiah Wright, Sr., a Baptist minister who pastored Grace Baptist Church in Germantown, Philadelphia from 1938 to 1980,[7] and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Wright, a school teacher who was the first black to teach an academic subject at Roosevelt Junior High. She went on to be the first black person to teach at Germantown High and Philadelphia High School, where she became the school’s first black vice principal for girls.

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