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Barbara Reynolds Sticks to Her Guns on Wright

Barbara Reynolds has been the subject of speculation and debate this week, after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial appearance at the National Press Club.

Reynolds, who sat next to Wright at the press club, was one of the main organizers of Wright's appearance Monday. Some supporters of Barack Obama have openly questioned whether Reynolds--who is on record as a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton--set up the appearance knowing that it could be potentially explosive and damaging to Obama.

But at a religious conference at Howard University, Reynolds dismissed her critics yesterday.

She told The Washington Post's reporter Hamil R. Harris, "Some say I was an Obama

surrogate, and now it is rumored that I am a Clinton surrogate," she said. "I am not a surrogate of anybody. Like my books say, I am not going to shut up, no matter what. They can label me or scandalize me, but I am not shutting up."

Reynolds went on to say Wright and say that he's helped to generate new energy about the tradition of the black church. "I'm glad to be a part of it," she said. "And no matter how negative the media is, no matter what the media says, people now want to catch the vision of Dr. Wright and go forth and challenge injustice."

Wright and Reynolds have known each other for many years. Reynolds, a former columnist for USA Today, left journalism and went on to receive a doctorate from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where Wright was an instructor.

By Marcia Davis  |  April 30, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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