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Mormons in the media: Black history, culture wars and books

by | Aug. 05, 2009

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What did Henry Louis Gates Jr. recently say about Mormons? How should a civil society handle battles of ideas? Which new books highlight Mormon themes? The Mormon Media Observer found some interesting answers this week.

Finding black history

During a national live broadcast on CNN in conjunction with its program, "Black America 2," Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr. praised Mormons for their work in genealogy and helping restore black history. (Gates was recently in the news for his arrest and meeting the arresting officer and President Obama at the White House.)

Gates, talking about African-Americans' loss of identity, said, "Because our ancestors' identity systematically, systematically robbed from us. The identity of our ancestors, our collective history, and our individual history.

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