Baptist Group Formed in Civil Rights Fight Gathers

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DETROIT (AP) -- Thousands of Baptists are gathering in Detroit this week for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which meets in a city going through the pangs of bankruptcy.

About 5,000 people are expected to participate. The Progressive Baptists group was formed in 1961 when African-American Baptists sought an organization that would wholeheartedly support the civil rights struggles of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The convention starts Sunday and runs through Saturday. It includes speeches by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago and TV personality Greg Mathis.

Farmington Hills resident and convention participant Kelley Suggs tells The Detroit News that she's happy to see an event of this caliber coming to her hometown at a time marked by bankruptcy proceedings and "all the negative publicity."

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