Posted by: Kaimi | April 15, 2009

Bill’s Movie Reviews on Nobody Knows

Over at Bill’s Movie Reviews (general-audience movie review blog), there is a very good review of Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, which aired on PBS on Tuesday.

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Posted by: Kaimi | April 15, 2009

Sunstone West, March 2009

Sunstone West (March 2009) had two presentations on race issues. They were:

“I WOULD CONFINE THEM TO THEIR OWN SPECIES”: LDS HISTORICAL RHETORIC & PRAXIS REGARDING MARRIAGE BETWEEN WHITES AND BLACKS

Connell O’Donovan, Santa Cruz; independent scholar; focuses on LGBT and African American Mormon history.

With national attention on the LDS role in the passage of Proposition 8, it is noteworthy that the LDS Church has set a fascinating precedent with its 130-year theological and legal battle to prevent blacks from marrying whites. This prohibition abruptly ended in 1978 with the termination of the priesthood and temple ban against those of African descent. This paper traces public and private anti-miscegenation statements made by early Church leaders, including Joseph Smith–from expressions of disgust and horror bolstered by scriptural prooftexting and prophetic language to shore up its theological foundations, to 20th Century political accusations of a joint “negro” and Communist conspiracy to bring societal and moral upheaval to the United states.

Respondent: Newell G. Bringhurst.

FILM AND DISCUSSION: NOBODY KNOWS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK MORMONS.

We are pleased to screen the acclaimed documentary, Nobody Knows:
the Untold Story of Black Mormons, and discuss it with Margaret Young, one of the driving forces behind the film. The film tells the story of African Americans in the early Church. It deals forthrightly with the priesthood and temple ban and how those issues played out during the Civil Rights Movement. It looks at the lifting of that ban and its lingering effects on today’s Black Mormons. The film also includes never-released footage and many rare archival photographs, as well as interviews with renowned scholars, historians, Black Mormons, and with Martin luther King III and Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray.

Posted by: Kaimi | April 15, 2009

T&S: “A long time coming”

Marc Bohn at Times and Seasons blogs about the significance of Elder Joseph Wafula Sitati, the first Black African general authority in church history.

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