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Rev. Jeremiah Wright Mostly Quiet at Panel, Talks to The Post

The chapel of the Howard University School of Divinity was filled with religious leaders from across the country today as they discussed the implications of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial comments in the context of the black church experience. Though Wright spoke for more than hour at the National Press Club yesterday, he remained quiet and in the pews today.


The Rev. Jeremiah Wright sits quietly, his head down, at a theological conference at Howard University this afternoon. It was a striking contrast to his news conference at the National Press Club yesterday. (Hamil R. Harris)

On Monday night he also was silent at the District's Shiloh Baptist Church, where the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith and other leaders prayed and laid hands on the minister.

But in a brief interview with The Washington Post this afternoon, Wright said it is ironic

that the media packed the National Press Club.

"You heard what I said yesterday morning. I said last year we were trying to get people to come and nobody came. I just wish that the media would focus on more of what they are saying (people in the conference) because they are trying to make this about me and Barack."

During the conference Barbara Reyonds moderated a panel that was entitled "The Prophetic Witness in the African American Religious Experience," where Alton B. Pollard III, dean of the Howard divinity school, and other religious leaders talked about the implications of Wrights's comments. Most of the speakers said the minister has a "prophetic role," and should not be silent, not even during a president election.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called a news conference in North Carolina this afternoon to underscore that Wright does not speak for him or his campaign, and said he was outraged by the minister's words.

By Marcia Davis  |  April 29, 2008; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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