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In 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reversed a longstanding ban by granting the lay priesthood to all worthy men, regardless of race. In this book, eight scholars weigh in on the history of the ban, the present role of African-Americans in Mormon life and the residue of earlier racism. The editors claim that despite the 1978 revelation, the Church has done little to distance itself from damaging folk doctrines of the past, and "needs to forthrightly confront its past history of racial exclusion and discrimination." The book's best essays are Alma Allred's fascinating analysis of racial themes in LDS scripture; Armand Mauss's summary of post-1978 developments; and Ken Driggs's on-the-ground report of a successful, racially mixed Mormon congregation in Atlanta. Like other scholarly anthologies on narrow topics, this collection contains some repetition of ideas, case reports and anecdotes, but it is one of the most far-reaching studies of black Mormons to date.
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"Bringhurst and Smith have edited an outstanding series of essays on the problems of racism among the Mormons and the exclusion of African American men from the priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
As an LDS reader, I suppose I was probably looking for more than this book could provide: what is the origin of the pre-1978 exclusion of Blacks from the Priesthood. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elliott D Petty
I was disappointed in this book for a few reasons:
1. Although it is written and compiled by Mormon authors, there is hardly a trace of faith or Gospel in these... Read more
Should be read by all African-American members who question importance of race over faith. The answer should be quite obvious.Published on May 11, 2013 by Ron T. Ogburn