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Jeremiah Wright

AKA Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

Born: 22-Sep-1941
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Trinity United Church of Christ

Military service: US Marine Corps (1961-62); US Navy (1962-67)

Jeremiah Wright voluntarily yielded his student deferment, quit college, and enlisted with the Marines. After two years in the Corps, Wright joined the Navy, and earned three letters of commendation. On leaving the military he finished college, entered seminary, and became a Christian minister, as his father was. For more than 35 years until his 2008 retirement, he was pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which he grew from a congregation of 87 to over 8,000. One of his long-time parishioners was Barack Obama, which has drawn scrutiny to Rev. Wright's challenging and sometimes politically-tinged sermons, many of which are available via Trinity Church's YouTube channel.

Father: Jeremiah Wright (Baptist minister)
Mother: Mary Henderson Wright
Wife: Ramah Reed Wright (four daughters, one son)
Daughter: Janet Marie Moore
Daughter: Jeri Lynne Wright
Daughter: Nikol D. Reed
Daughter: Jamila Nandi Wright
Son: Nathan D. Reed

    University: Virginia Union University (1959-61)
    University: BA, Howard University (1968)
    University: MA, Howard University (1969)
    Theological: MDiv, University of Chicago Divinity School
    Theological: PhD, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH
    Administrator: Trustee, Virginia Union University
    Administrator: Trustee, Chicago Theological Seminary
    Administrator: Trustee, City Colleges of Chicago

    Obama for Illinois

Author of books:
Africans Who Shaped Our Faith (1995, with Colleen Birchett)
Good News!: Sermons of Hope for Today's Families (1995)
When Black Men Stand up for God: Reflections on the Million Man March (1996, with Colleen Birchett and Frank Madison Reid)
What Makes You So Strong?: Sermons of Joy and Strength (2003)
Blow the Trumpet in Zion!: Global Vision and Action for the 21st-Century Black Church (2005)

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