FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2018
STERLING M. MCMURRIN LECTURE ON RELIGION AND CULTURE
"A 54-Year Journey Toward Racial Equality in the Mormon Church"
7:00 - 8:00pm
Salt Lake City Library
Nancy Tessman Auditorium
Trained in broadcast journalism, at the University of Utah and Columbia University, Darius Aidan Gray worked for KSL radio and television during the late 60s and early 70s. He especially enjoyed documentary film production and was privileged to be placed on loan to UNICEF to film grassroots aid projects in several African countries.
Mr. Gray was Director of Development for the Department of Communications at Brigham Young University where his past business and broadcasting background(s) served him well. He co-hosted “Questions and Ancestors” a nationally aired program on genealogy.
He was the coauthor (along with Margaret Young) of an award-winning trilogy of novels about early Black Mormon pioneers entitled Standing On The Promises. Also with Margaret, he co-produced two documentary films, Jane Manning James: Your Sister In The Gospel and Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. The latter film was featured nationwide on the Documentary Channel.
In 2003, Mr. Gray was released as President of The Genesis Branch of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served for six years. The Genesis organization
was established under the direction of The First Presidency and The Quorum of The
Twelve Apostles in 1971, with the goal of providing support to Black Latter-day Saints.
Mr. Gray's lecture will also serve as the opening address for Black, White, and Mormon II: A Conference On Race in the LDS Church Since The 1978 Revealation.
THE STERLING M. McMURRIN LECTURES ON RELIGION & CULTURE
Established in 1992, the McMurrin Lecture supports the study of religion at the University of Utah. The McMurrin Lecture honors beloved scholar and teacher Sterling M. McMurrin (1914-1996), who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education during the Kennedy Administration. Since 2006, we have hosted religious scholars and commentators: Eboo Patel, Akbar Ahmed, Krista Tippets, Reza Aslan, Thupten Jinpa, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Kathleen Flake, David Campbell, Lester Bush, Jr., and Stephen Prothero. Lectures are held on campus or in the community and are free and open to the public. To read more about and/or to view previous McMurrin lectures, please click here.
Photo: Natalie and Sterling McMurrin at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 20, 1961