Friday, November 13, 2009

Black and Mormon Edited by Newell G. Bringhurst and 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 LDS church in America is white, how they don't want to talk about race, but how it really needs to be addressed and that a lot of people in answer to why there was a priesthood ban continue to spread false folklore like "they weren't valiant enough in the preexistence or they are descended from Cain and thus cursed." These are completely false and yet are still used as reasons, which truly impact negatively African American members.

Black Americans have huge insights and ideas and culture to bring to the Church...I would really love to see more active hymns in the church, saying a few amens in agreement during sacrament meeting would be great!

I think it's very important to be aware about who we are and how we relate to others. Let's embrace all cultures over the world and incorporate their beautiful traditions into ours as well and truly become a worldwide church.

I really recommend this book for all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or for those interested in African American studies. It helps us see ourselves in a new light and to change what we didn't know was ignorant or insensitive before


  1. This book sounds very educative, considering my interest in African American ideas/topics. I'm not well-versed about it though, but since I love reading non-fiction, I think I might like the book. Thanks for the review!

  2. Although I'm not a Mormon, I've heard about the priesthood ban and have found the circumstances around it to be fascinating. This would definitely be an interesting read!

  3. Interesting review, I'll have to check this one out. Another book you may want to check out is called:

    Blacks & the Mormon Priesthood: Setting the Record Straight by Marcus H.Martins

  4. Very interesting. Thank you for your post.


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