Southern Baptists made history yesterday (June 19, 2012) by electing their first African-American president. Some 7,700 messengers unanimously and enthusiastically supported the vote for Fred Luter, Jr. to lead the predominantly white denomination, according to the Christian Post website.
"To God be the glory for the things that He has done," Luter said as he wiped away his tears.
Luter was the sole nominee for president. In such a situation, it is customary for the secretary to cast the ballot for the one nominee.
However, the chair on this occasion believed that "this historic moment should fully belong to the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention." With that, the Southern Baptists rose in applause -- with some in tears -- agreeing that the ballot should be cast for Luter.