Saturday, May 3, 2008

Interesting Info on Jeremiah Wright

Over the course of our research, we've found some facts that the media has neglected to report. Here's a way to get a better idea of who he is and how he became that person.
  • He served 2 years in the US Marine Corps before transferring to the Navy for 4 years.
  • Wright was inspired to waive his college deferment and join the Marine Corps after hearing President John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you" speech.
  • While in the Navy, Wright was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital where he was a cardiopulmonary technician. While there, he helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.
  • He holds a bachelor's degree (in English from Howard University), two masters degrees (one in English from Howard and one in Divinity from University of Chicago) and a doctorate of ministry (from United Theological Seminary).
  • Wright holds seven honorary doctorate degrees, and was scheduled to receive one more when the invitation was withdrawn due to the recent controversy.
  • Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago has become the largest UCC church in the country under Wright's pastorate. He has been pastor there since 1972.
  • Wright was supposed to give a public prayer at the event where Obama announced his candidacy for President. However, the invitation to do so was withdrawn.
Information from Corinthian Baptist Church, The New York Times, Trinity United Church of Christ and The Chicago Tribune.

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