Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints within the Mormon Fold
October 8-9, 2015
In December 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a new essay on Race and the Priesthood on its Gospel Topics page at LDS.org. The statement was the strongest to date in distancing the LDS Church from its prior teachings on the status of black people within Mormon theology. This conference seeks to offer a multi-disciplinary assessment of that status across time and space. It seeks to explore the historical evolution of race based priesthood and temple bans, the historical roots of segregation in America and how it impacts Mormonism, the expansion of Mormonism into inner-city locations in the United States as well as the impact of race on Mormonism’s international reach. It will also consider the intersections between race and Mormon women, notions of social justice within Mormonism, the implications of race upon educational opportunities at LDS universities, and a discussion of how race plays out at the ward level. In short, this conference will talk about race and Mormonism as it seeks greater understanding and higher purpose.
All location and time details are included in the links embedded in this post.
The conference will commence with the plenary session address and Sterling McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture, by Lester E. Bush. Dr. Bush wrote and researched the landmark academic treatment of Mormonism’s priesthood restriction, “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: A Historical Overview.” His McMurrin address is entitled, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine 42 Years Later.”
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Tamu Smith: Remembering Those Who Died
Moderator: Paul Reeve
Panelists: Dr. Thomas Sugrue, Dr. Ram Cnaan, Dr. Jacob Rugh
Moderator: Paulette Payne
Panelists: Janan Graham-Russell, Catherine M. Stokes, LaShawn Williams-Schultz, Tamu Smith
Race and the International Church – Noon – 1:30 (Registration Required)
Lunch Lecture: Elder Joseph W. Sitati, of the First Quorum of Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak on Race and the International Church from noon to 1:30pm in the Tanner Dining Room at the University of Utah Alumni House. Register here (update: registration for lunch is CLOSED)!
Moderator: Dalyn Montgomery
Panelists: Maybellene, McCoy, Margaret Blair Young, Darius Gray, Leslie Hadfield, Luis Belchior
Panelists: Dalyn Montgomery, Jermaine Sullivan, Janan Graham-Russell, Peter Johnson, Ingrid Shepherd
Concert at the LDS Institute of Religion