A CONFERNCE ON THE EVOLVING STATUS OF BLACK SAINTS
WITHIN THE MORMON FOLD

OCT 08-09, 2015 @UMFA - DUMKE AUDITORIUM | 410 CAMPUS CENTER DRIVE, SLC, UT

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 sought to offer a multi-disciplinary assessment of that status across time and space. It sought 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 also considered 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 discussed race and Mormonism as it sought greater understanding and higher purpose.


DAY ONE

THURSDAY, 08 OCT 2015
7:00 PM: STERLING M. MCMURRIN LECTURE ON RELIGION & CULTURE
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: MORMONISM'S NEGRO DOCTRINE FORTY-TWO YEARS LATER

LECTURER: LESTER BUSH, JR.

DAY TWO

FRIDAY, 09 OCT 2015
8:00 AM: COMMEMORATION: A TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DIED
PRESENTERS: BOB GOLDBERG, TAMU SMITH

8:30 - 10:00 AM: RACE AND THE INNER CITY
MODERATOR: W. PAUL REEVE
PANELISTS: THOMAS SUGRUE, RAM CNAAN, JACOB RUGH

10:15 - 11:45 AM: RACE AND MORMON WOMEN
MODERATOR: PAULETTE PAYNE
PANELISTS: JANAN GRAHAM-RUSSELL, CATHERINE M. STOKES, LaSHAWN WILLIAMS-SCHULTZ, TAMU SMITH

NOON - 1:30 PM: RACE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH 
ELDER JOSEPH W. SITATI, LDS CHURCH FIRST QUORUM OF THE SEVENTY
@THE GREAT HALL, UMFA

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: RACE AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
MODERATOR: DALYN MONTGOMERY
PANELISTS: MAYBELLINE McCOY, MARGARET YOUNG, DARIUS GRAY, LESLIE HADFIELD, LUIS BELCHIOR

3:45 - 5:15 PM: RACE AT THE WARD 
MODERATOR: DALYN MONTGOMERY
PANELISTS: JERMAINE SULLIVAN, JANAN GRAHAM-RUSSELL, PETER JOHNSON, INGRID SHEPHARD


 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EVENT CO-SPONSORS
George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Greg Prince; Jess Hurtado; Smith-Pettit Foundation; Anonymous; David Eccles School of Business Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (Utah); Charles Redd Center (BYU); College of Humanities (BYU); Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich; Utah Valley University; Department of History (Utah); University of Utah Press

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please conact John Boyack at 801/587-8879 or john.boyack@utah.edu

 

Last Updated: 4/28/17