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Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Buffalo Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1941
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Buffalo Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1941
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Considered a "preacher par excellence," Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. was born on September 22, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Sr., and Dr. Mary Henderson Wright, were his earliest influences instilling in him the possibility of balancing the intellectual with the spiritual. Armed with this philosophical upbringing, Wright has pastored Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ since 1972, seeing its membership grow from eighty-seven adult members to a congregation of nearly 10,000. Wright's early education took place in Philadelphia's public schools. From there, he went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from Howard University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in divinity from United Theological College, where he studied under the eminent, late Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor.

Wright takes seriously not only the call to worship but also the call to take action as mandated by the Gospel. Under his leadership, Trinity adopted the motto "Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian" and has set out to make activism within and on behalf of the African American community a key aspect of the church's mission. An outspoken community leader, Wright has been vocal in making once-taboo issues, such as AIDS, a priority within the African American church leadership and service. His commitment to political activism coupled with his dedication to the African American sermonic tradition has made him a highly sought-after speaker nationally and internationally.

Wright is the recipient of numerous awards, including three honorary doctorates and three presidential commendations. An accomplished musician and author, Wright has written four books, numerous articles and countless sermons and was voted one of Ebony Magazine's top fiften preachers. In addition to national and international ministry, Wright serves on several boards of directors and committees. Married to Reverend Ramah Reed Wright, Pastor Wright has five children and three grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jeremiah Wright interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright tells the origin of his middle name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright discusses the death of his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright recounts his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jeremiah Wright explains his father's beliefs on desegregation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jeremiah Wright discusses his father's decision to attend college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jeremiah Wright tells of his Aunt Hattie's intuition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright comments on his father's college career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright talks about his mother's background and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright remembers vacations with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright tells stories revealing his mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright recalls his troubles with mathematics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright talks about his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jeremiah Wright discusses growing up in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jeremiah Wright comments on his parents' reaction to popular media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright explains his parents' reaction to popular music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright tells his sister's name and recalls his earliest memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright discusses family life as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright recalls stealing a car during his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright explains how he came back to the church after a period of rebellion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright explains his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jeremiah Wright describes his difficulty in teaching black gospel music to white students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jeremiah Wright tells of his exposure to whites in his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright recalls sights, smells and sounds from his childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright talks about his musical interests and training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright discusses his college experience at Virginia Union University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright comments on his biblical studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright remembers his military career, part I
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright remembers his military career, part II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright discusses his transition from the military into higher education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright explains his decision to increase his involvement in ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright talks about membership history of Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright talks about his reasoning for coming to Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright tells a story about an angry patron
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jeremiah Wright explains his church members' feelings on becoming black-oriented
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jeremiah Wright discusses church denominational mergers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright explains his attraction to Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright talks about influential pastors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright discusses lessons learned in pastoring
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright recounts a memorable sermon from Dearing King
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright comments on various styles of preaching
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright talks about embracing African heritage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright talks about preserving the history of African music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright discusses various aspects of Christianity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright explains a holistic approach to theology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright tells of his relationship with Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright comments on megachurches
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jeremiah Wright considers the future of Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jeremiah Wright talks about the need for free medication in the fight against AIDS
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jeremiah Wright discusses the church's various social roles
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jeremiah Wright comments on ways the church can better a community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jeremiah Wright talks about making a difference in a man's life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jeremiah Wright considers his legacy