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“Is there no blessing for me?” #BlackHistoryMonth

Rick Bennett, Darius Gray, and Margaret Young

I’m excited to post our first podcast!  I interviewed Margaret Young, a professor of English and Literature at BYU on the life of black Mormon Pioneer Jane Manning James.  Listen to Margaret describe Jane’s conversion in Wilton, Connecticut, Jane’s travel by foot to Nauvoo, and her intimate relationship with every prophet from Joseph Smith through her death under President Wilford Woodruff.  Especially interesting is Jane’s unusual sealing to the Prophet Joseph.  It’s a truly inspiring tale, and I thank Margaret for sitting down with me to discuss Jane’s life.  I hope you’ll come back when I post part 2 of our discussion with Margaret about her experiences dealing with race.

I’d also like to invite you to support our work.  This podcast is just a part of what we’re trying to put together here at Gospel Tangents.  We’d like to put together some high quality documentaries about Mormon history, and need your support.  You can support us in a few different ways:

  • Become a monthly subscriber at our website, This will help us put together high quality interviews for documentaries on Mormon History.  We’re trying to follow the admonition in Doctrine & Covenants 88:18 to teach “out of the best books … by study and also by faith.”  Donate any amount you feel comfortable.
  • You’re welcome to purchase a transcript of this podcast is at either, or our online store for just $3.
  • If you are an artist or a musician, we’re looking for artwork and music to describe the stories you’re hearing on this podcast for future documentaries. Please reach out to us.  We’d love to partner up to create multimedia resources to better learn our wonderful Mormon History!
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Thanks again for listening, and we hope you’ll continue to support our work here at Gospel Tangents!  Do you have any questions for me or Margaret?

1 thought on ““Is there no blessing for me?” #BlackHistoryMonth

  1. […] her play about black Mormon Pioneer Jane Manning James televised, (don’t forget to check out part 1 of our conversation), but the project was quashed as some executives were concerned about the topic, despite […]

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