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Race is a Touchy Subject #BlackHistoryMonth

As part of #BlackHistoryMonth, we continue our conversation with Margaret Young and she tells about her attempts to get 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 Jane’s faithfulness to the end of her life.

Margaret also discusses ways she and her family have tried to combat racism in her life, including a disappointing experience with a seminary teacher.  She talks about her experiences learning about the lifting of the ban in 1978, and, when asked about what we can learn from Jane’s life, says

“I want Jane’s story to be certainly an example how far we still need to come.  If there are people who regard blacks as less than, their hearts must change.  Jane is an example of one who persevered through trials that we could hardly imagine, and did it through her relationship with God and praised God throughout.”

Listen in, and find out who we will be talking to next!

If you’re interested in a transcript, click here!  (You can also get one for your Kindle at Amazon.com!)

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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.

Continue reading “Is there no blessing for me?” #BlackHistoryMonth

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What’s your favorite Mormon History Topic?

Hi everyone!

I wanted to ask what is everyone’s favorite history topic and why?  Personally, I enjoy the controversial stuff, Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, Haun’s Mill Massacre, etc.  In preparation for Black History Month, I’ve recently completed interviews with Margaret Young and Paul Reeve concerning the race ban on black LDS church members, and I will be posting more information soon, but I’m curious what interests you.  Who would you like to hear from?  On what topics?  What’s your biggest question concerning Mormon history?
Here is a poll with some topics I’m interested in.  If I missed something you’re interested in, please add it to the text box and feel free to add comments below to tell me more!  I tried to embed the poll, but couldn’t figure it out.  Here is a link to the poll.

http://kwiksurveys.com/p/7MNwj8SC?qid=717005