National Baptists reelect Shaw as president

Pulled the church out of scandal and disarray
One of the nation’s largest black religious denominations handed a second five-year presidential term to a Philadelphia pastor who pulled the church out of the scandal and disarray left by his predecessor.

At the annual meeting in New Orleans, delegates of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. reelected William Shaw in the face of a challenge by W. Franklyn Richardson of Mt. Vernon, New York, who failed for a third time to win the office.

The balloting took place September 9 between speeches by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, representing the Bush campaign, and Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry.


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