President-elect Barack Obama says that the historically black church moved him from a skeptic to a believer.
He has spoken appreciatively of its vibrant worship, written about how the black church experience has moved him to tears. And he has credited black congregations for their work in helping the powerless and in speaking truth to power.
But when he officially takes up residence in the White House, will the nation’s first black president attend a black church? And, in a larger sense, does it matter if he does or doesn’t?
Some observers think he may ultimately choose a black church, given his previous attraction to the predominantly black Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, his church home before the fiery sermons of the former senior pastor Jeremiah Wright became a drag on his campaign.