Rev. Fred Luter en Kenneth Polite Facing Challenges As New US Attorney <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kenneth Polite Jr. is wrapping up his first full week as the new US Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">igh on his priority list is likely selecting his top assistants &mdash; and making sure recent history is not repeated.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 44778 at Southern Baptists' Historic Presidential Vote Near <div><p>The nation&#39;s largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.</p><p>On Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention plans to vote on whether to elect an African-American president for the first time in the denomination&#39;s 167-year history. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is so-far unopposed for the position.</p><p>Seventeen years ago, Luter was one of the authors of an SBC resolution that apologized to African-Americans for perpetuating racism and resolved to strive for racial reconciliation.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:09:04 +0000 The Associated Press 14095 at New Orleans Pastor Set To Be First African-American President of Southern Baptist Convention <p>The pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church is poised this week to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention.&nbsp;His career as a church pastor was not something he imagined as a child. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 13937 at