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SBC President Fred Luter Jr. Interview (2012)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-06-22

Duration: 00:06:34

Subjects: Luter, Fred J., Jr. | Southern Baptist Convention | Religion | African Americans | Racism


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Luter, Fred, Jr. Interviewee
  • Massey, Gregory Interviewee
  • Henderson, Velma Interviewee
  • Dry, Carol Interviewee
  • Gaines, David Interviewee
  • Crosby, David Interviewee


This segment from the June 22, 2012, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interview with Pastor Fred Luter, Jr. of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Pastor Luter discusses: his feelings on his election; the significance of his election; racism as an ongoing issue within the SBC; and the need for the SBC to move on from its past. Sanford also interviews Gregory Massey, Velma Henderson, Carol Dry, and Pastor David Gaines, members of the SBC, who discuss their support of the election of Luter. Lastly, she interviews Dr. David Crosby, the pastor at First Baptist Church in New Orleans and a friend of Luter, who discusses Luter’s work in turning around a failing church and why he is the right man to lead the SBC. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford