Southern Baptist Convention Expels Oklahoma Church

  • The Southern Baptist Convention expelled a rural Oklahoma church from its membership Tuesday after resurfaced pictures and video show its pastor impersonating late singer Ray Charles in blackface at a talent show, according to a convention spokesperson.
  • The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination – approved a recommendation that the Matoaka Baptist Church in Ochelata, Oklahoma, be deemed “not in friendly cooperation” with the convention after the church failed to “cooperate in resolving concerns regarding discriminatory behavior on the basis of ethnicity,” spokesperson Jon Wilke told CNN.
  • Matoaka Baptist’s pastor, Sherman Jaquess, posted a video on his Facebook page in 2017 showing himself impersonating Charles – a legendary Black musician – at a talent show. Jaquess is dressed in full blackface during his performance, including a wig and dark makeup covering his face, neck and hands.


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