Frederick D. Haynes III on succeeding Jesse Jackson, marching and ‘woke preaching’

by | Jul 21, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — The Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III, who has led a Black megachurch in Dallas for 40 years, has just been chosen to take the place of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition for more than five decades.Like Jackson, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church has been known for preaching and protesting, following in the footsteps of role models like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
And Haynes, who is triply aligned with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Progressive National Baptist Convention and American Baptist Churches USA, also has made appearances across the country to discuss religious, political and business issues. After meeting briefly with the dozen or so staff of the Chicago-based coalition, whose annual convention concluded Wednesday, he spoke in Washington to U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., a Black business organization.
The son and grandson of Baptist preachers, Haynes, 62, talked by phone with Religion News Service about succeeding his mentor, “woke preaching,” and whether marching is still effective for a new generation.
The interview was edited for length and clarity.
What was your first thought when the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked you to succeed him?
Wow. I was blown away and greatly honored and humbled at the same time.
FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the crowd during a demonstration supporting voting rights, on Capitol H …

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