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blacks and the LDS priesthood

Mormons celebrate African American members and 40th anniversary of historic announcement

By Jana Riess — May 31, 2018

June marks the 40th anniversary of the reversal of Mormonism’s race-based priesthood/temple restriction, and the month is chock-full of events celebrating the importance of black Mormons.

The Book of Mormon and racial reconciliation

By Jana Riess — September 27, 2017

(RNS) — The Book of Mormon both challenged and reinforced 19th-century ideas about race — and set the stage for a religion’s controversial subsequent history, says historian Max Perry Mueller.

Was Brigham Young a racist?

By Jana Riess — April 16, 2014

Mormons today believe and teach that “all are alike unto God,” but have to reconcile that with racist teachings from past leaders they regard as prophets.

President Uchtdorf urges Mormons toward “transparency and openness” in their history

By Jana Riess — March 8, 2014

President Uchtdorf’s talk yesterday went a long way toward softening, if not erasing, some Mormons’ decades-old fear of professional history.

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