The Moment: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and the Firestorm at Trinity United Church of Christ

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Religion - 174 pages
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In 2008 a media firestorm erupted when snippets of Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s sermons were picked up by media outlets around the world. At that time presidential candidate Barack Obama was a member of Wright's church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Wright's words were frequently used to question the patriotism of Obama. The scrutiny over Obama and Wright's relationship made Trinity UCC a flashpoint in the 2008 campaign. The Moment tells the inside story of Trinity UCC during this time of turmoil. Carl and Shelby Grant describe "the Moment" as it unfolded, from Wright's first appearances in the media to Obama's resignation from Trinity Church. They also provide helpful background information, including general history of the black church, African American immigration to Chicago, and black politics in the Windy City. In this context, the voices of Trinity UCC members come alive to show the impact of "the Moment" within and beyond the presidential election, illustrating the thorny intersections of religion, race, politics, and the media in the United States.

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2 Race Migration and Politics in the Windy City
3 The Black Church and the African American Church in Chicago
4 Trinity United Church of Christ
5 The Unheard Voices of Trinity Church
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Carl A. Grant is the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education and former chair of the Afro American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of numerous books and a widely regarded scholar of multicultural and social justice education. The Multicultural Research Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education is named in his honor.

Shelby J. Grant is a founding member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He is a former Chicago Public School teacher and principal. He holds an M.A in History, an M.A. in School Administration and Supervision, and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance (with distinction) from De Paul University.

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