Malcolm X’s pivotal letter on race at center of dispute between Syracuse, Alex Haley’s family

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Officials at Syracuse University and the son of author Alex Haley are tussling over ownership of a 1964 letter written by Malcolm X in which the black nationalist said the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca had caused him to “rearrange” his thoughts on race. By Glenn Coin.

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Black Southern Baptist Fred Luter says church shouldn’t be defined by race

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The New Orleans pastor who's poised to become the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president says the denomination shouldn't be defined by its racial history, even as he has concerns about how President Obama has been treated, and the ongoing Trayvon Martin case. By Kim Lawton.

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LAPD modifies surveillance program of Muslims

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders have worked with the Los Angeles Police Department to modify its new surveillance program on suspicious activities, following recent disclosure that the New York Police Department had been spying on local Muslims. By David Finnigan.

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Commentary: Morning in middle America

NEW YORK (RNS) In Topeka, Kan., I saw the future of America, and it worried me. I don't want to overstate. I also see much that is good, encouraging, and fresh. I just sense a balance shifting, like a herd that is getting restless and might signal a storm coming. By Tom Ehrich.

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Southern Baptists to probe Richard Land’s Trayvon Martin remarks

(RNS) Southern Baptist leaders say they will investigate whether their top ethicist and public policy director plagiarized racially charged remarks about the Trayvon Martin case that many have said set back the denomination's efforts on racial reconciliation. By Adelle M. Banks.

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