Posted March 27, 2008 – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, presidential candidate Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, canceled plans Wednesday to receive an award at a summit on Black churches.
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The Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth , Texas , said on its Web site that Wright will not attend the State of the Black Church Summit and awards banquet in Dallas. The school was planning to present Wright with an award Saturday. Wright also canceled plans to speak at three services in a Houston church Sunday. He canceled plans Tuesday to speak at a church in Tampa , Fla.
In a speech last week, Obama sharply condemned Wright's remarks damning America for its treatment of minorities. The Rev. Marcus Cosby, pastor at Houston 's Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church , told Houston television station KTRK and the Houston Chronicle that safety concerns had prompted Wright's decision. However, political pundits suggest the minister is laying low to stay out of the candidate’s way.
Joan Harrell, minister of communications for Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago , where Wright was pastor for nearly four decades, didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press on Wednesday.
"I think we have taken Dr. Wright out of context with sound bites," Cosby said. "After all these years, I am not going to kick him to the curb over sound bites."
In a speech last week, Obama sharply condemned Wright's remarks and the preacher's refusal to acknowledge progress in race relations. But the Illinois senator refused to repudiate Wright.
The Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth announced on its Web site that Wright will not attend the State of the Black Church Summit and awards banquet in Dallas . The school was planning to present Wright with an award Saturday.
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