Black History

July 22, 2022 06:00 AM MDT
A new monument honoring early Black pioneers will be dedicated on Friday, July 22, corresponding with the 175th anniversary of the first wagon company’s 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
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July 19, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Mauli Bonner came away from the 2018 “Be One” celebration a changed man with an intense desire to learn more about Black pioneers and to teach others about them.
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June 07, 2022 03:26 PM MDT
“Life was a disappointment to me. I was living terribly, breaking my mother’s heart. And I thought, ‘There’s got to be something better than this.’”
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May 27, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
For the month of June, the LDS Living Book Club will join together to study “Panther to Priesthood” by Eddie Leroy Willis.
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“I hope that people could speak more openly about Black Latter-day Saint history and that we could hear more of their experiences. As a Black woman, it is important to me to know of other strong Black people, to learn of their accomplishments and about their lives.”
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February 23, 2022 05:00 AM MST
Let’s seek to be less passive and more aggressive in this fight against racism. And more importantly, let us look up to Him who created us perfectly in His image.
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February 17, 2022 03:31 PM MST
We hope you will take the time to watch and listen to some of these stories and acknowledge the beauty of diversity, the importance of equality, and the power of discussion and conversation.
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February 17, 2022 09:02 AM MST
Wanda was so overjoyed by the blessings of the Church that she tried to share the good news of the gospel with anybody who would listen! She especially wanted to let Black Americans know that they didn’t have to struggle.
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February 18, 2021 07:04 PM MST
After hearing from a drill instructor at basic training for the Air Force that the Church was racist, Isaac almost stopped his pursuit of the gospel. But after attending a church meeting for the first time with some of his fellow basic training buddies, that all changed.
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February 12, 2021 09:12 PM MST
“Negro spirituals”—songs that were often sung by African American slaves as they worked—are something that we, in our faith tradition, may not be very familiar with. But in a recent Instagram live video, Yahosh Bonner shares the history surrounding these songs:
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February 12, 2021 04:42 PM MST
Celebrate Black History Month with free access to this week’s episode of LDS Living’s Come, Follow Me podcast, The Sunday on Monday study group. An episode that focuses on the experiences of Black members of the Church, is now available for free on Deseret Bookshelf through the end of February 2021.
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January 18, 2021 12:00 PM MST
I remember and honor Dr. King for that night at midnight when he sat at that tiny kitchen table, his head bowed over a cup of coffee, praying to God when he was losing his courage.
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June 13, 2019 01:52 PM MDT
Ardis E. Parshall became tearful as she walked across the cemetery lawn to see the new monument honoring William and Marie Graves. Although she knew their story, it was like she was meeting them in person for the first time.
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By  LDS Living
April 06, 2019 06:35 PM MDT
During the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, President Dallin H. Oaks announced the calls of 10 General Authority Seventies and 55 Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the April 2019 general conference.
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January 21, 2019 11:36 AM MST
We are honored to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today. In celebration of his legacy of peaceful advocacy for human rights, we would like to share the story of another amazing individual who fought for the rights of blacks, women, and children. Julia Mavimbela is a powerful example of peace, equality, and love. We hope that her story inspires you.
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January 19, 2019 03:53 PM MST
Thomas had never come face to face with the violence and hatred racism breeds—until he walked onto the Missouri Valley College campus in 1967.
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June 12, 2018 12:47 PM MDT
In April 1913, Booker T. Washington did The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a favor.
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May 23, 2018 07:59 PM MDT
A new Church History Library exhibit brings the history of black Latter-day Saints to life with 16 documents, photographs, oral histories, and autobiographies from Saints throughout the world.
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May 08, 2018 08:01 PM MDT
What a powerful testimony from this Latter-day Saint and a fellow sister in the Church: "My faith is in God. . . . I don’t think I could live my life as well or as happily if I weren’t a member of the Church. Thanks to the Savior and His gospel, I can become better and find peace through any struggle I have."
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May 01, 2018 10:30 PM MDT
When Daryl Planks married his wife Rachel in 2012, he knew she was a Mormon.
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February 28, 2018 01:21 PM MST
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the revelation on the priesthood in June 1978, which allowed all worthy black male Church members’ to have the priesthood. As we celebrate this event, let us learn more about our black brothers and sisters around the world.
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By  LDS Living
January 13, 2017 05:46 PM MST
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special time to remember the sacrifices made to help bring racial equality to America. Help your family understand the importance of these events with a lesson from the children's book She Stood for Freedom.
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January 20, 2014 09:49 AM MST
Editor's note: In an effort to ensure that we are sharing accurate information with our readers, we have removed this 2014 article due to a lack of reliable sources.
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