Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons
In June 1978 the Mormon Church lifted a barrier to blacks from holding full membership. While this announcement is regarded as one of the most important revelations in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many non-Mormons were surprised to hear that overt discrimination had been practiced until that time. They were equally surprised to learn that there had been black Mormons from the very founding of the church in the 1830s. Embry (history, Brigham Young Univ.) has based this balanced work on the oral histories and follow-up surveys of over 200 black Latter-day Saints. The result is a comprehensive history of blacks in the Mormon Church, with a heavy emphasis on life in the church since the 1978 revelation. While scholarly in nature, this readable and important study is the first on the topic in the 1990s. It should be in all libraries with an interest in Mormon and African American studies.Diane H. Albosta, Episcopal H.S. Lib., Alexandria, Va.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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