Trinity United Church was established in the 1960s, during a tumultuous period for the Civil Rights movement, as the church’s founders sought to counter the influence of emerging radical black Muslim groups by defining black liberation in Christian terms. The church was led for 36 years, from 1972 to 2008, by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., President Obama’s spiritual mentor. Rev. Otis Moss III succeeded Wright in the pulpit.