A portion of the LDS Church's official stance on racism and the former priesthood ban.

Mormons Officially Disavow Racist Folklore

The LDS Church has anathematized racist justifications that once propped up a ban barring African Americans from priesthood ordination and temple endowments. However, the Church stopped short of a formal apology.

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Black Mormons face a political choice like no other

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney. The matchup is both thrilling and complicated for one particular group – black Latter-day Saints. “I've been black my whole life and a Mormon for 30 years and never thought either of these (candidacies) would happen in my lifetime,” says Utah attorney Keith Hamilton. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.