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The year 2003 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lifting of the ban excluding black members from the priesthood of the Mormon church. The articles collected in Newell G. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith's Black and Mormon look at the mechanisms used to keep blacks from full participation, the motives behind the ban, and the kind of changes that haveand have nottaken ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by University of Illinois Press (first published September 1st 2004)
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Heather
Nov 13, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Heather by: John Dehlin and the editor Darron T. Smith
These articles were so insightful on being African American in a society that runs everything by white standards and then it delves deeper into how that affects African Americans in the Mormon church. How do they deal with the racist policies of the Church before the Priesthood ban was lifted in June of 1978? Many talk about how hurt they were, but how through their own personal experience with God they've been able to work through it.

Other articles talk about how since most of the church in Ame
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Michael Kage
Jun 30, 2012 Michael Kage rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds, non-fiction
Good insight into how African-Americans were restricted. Also what had to be changed to life the priesthood ban. The restrictions were far deeper than the priesthood and general LDS opinion vaired widely. Great read for anyone interested in LDS history/doctrine and the racist begining of the LDS Church.
C
Nov 11, 2011 C rated it really liked it
For the most part, I really liked this book. The chapters flowed from one idea to the next and did a great job at covering the issue throughout history.

I liked everything except for the last chapter--it was too emotion, seemed unresearched and created new jargon for personal viewpoints and considered that "academic."
Elliott Petty
Jul 31, 2013 Elliott Petty rated it liked it
Interesting collection of essays. I was searching for a book with more facts, doctrine, explanations. At the end of the day I don't think is a lot of facts, doctrines, or explanations, so what you end up with is an interesting book, not deeply satisfying on the issue, but one that get's this reader's mind thinking.
Bridget
Aug 05, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it gave several insights into the issue of being black and Mormom; past, present, and future.

I am really bad at reading right now -- no motivation. So it has taken me months to finish, but it is an easy read.
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