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Sen. Barack Obama in a speech Tuesday addressed the controversy surrounding his former minister, using it as an opportunity to challenge Americans to take a closer look at race relations.

Speaking at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, the Democratic presidential candidate said he rejected racially charged comments made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but he tried to explain the root of those remarks.

Wright recently retired as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where the senator from Illinois worships. Read full article »

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, Mike Roselli and Rebecca Sinderbrand contributed to this report.

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