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The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History
The year 1978 marked a watershed year in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it lifted a 126-year ban on ordaining black males for the priesthood. This departure from past practice focused new attention on Brigham Young's decision to abandon Joseph Smith's more inclusive original teachings. The Mormon Church and Blacks presents thirty official ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by University of Illinois Press
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This is one of the most important books ever to be written in regards to blacks and Mormonism. During my time as a member of Mormonism, I marveled at how the Official Declaration 2 (the last canonized document in the modern church) seemed to be the end-all and be-all of the conversation. I mean, sure it was great to know that everyone could receive the priesthood. Certainly, as a millennial, this was hammered into me that racism was unacceptable and God wanted everyone to have the blessings of ...more