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BYU Magazine highlights the Black student experience at BYU in latest cover story

by | Oct. 16, 2020

Earlier this year, President Russell M. Nelson encouraged Latter-day Saints to “work tirelessly to build bridges of understanding rather than creating walls of segregation.”

The latest issue of BYU Magazine is one of the ways BYU is seeking to build bridges of understanding. The Fall 2020 Issue explores the Black student experience at Brigham Young University, sharing what it’s like to be on a campus where just over 1 percent of students are Black. The staff invited Black BYU students, alumni, and employees to share their experience with race, both those that pulled them into “the circle of belonging” and those that caused them to feel “other” and “less than.”

“I remember my first week at my student ward, I went home and cried,” Rachel M. Weaver told BYU Magazine. “Nobody did or said anything mean to me. But there were no Brown people there, no Hispanic people, no Polynesian people, no Black people. I just wasn’t used to going to a congregation where I was the only person of color. I didn’t know how to act. I was like, ‘How do I be myself?’”

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The respondents’ answers are grouped into topics: “Coming to BYU,” “Things People Say,” “Learning Together,” “Feeling Other,” “Seen and Heard,” “Navigating Religious Complexity,” “Under the Spotlight,” and “Seeking Zion.”

Read the full cover story at BYU Magazine.

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @lindsey5brooke.

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