Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons

Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons By Jessie L. Embry, Less than 1 of all Mormons percent are African American Until 1978 they were excluded from the ministry and from temple marriage, and even today only one third feels that their church understands them So what attracts African Americans to such a church Outreach to people of color is sporadic Upward mobility is not a factor since black members are both rich and poor, edLess than 1 of all Mormons percent are African American Until 1978 they were excluded from the ministry and from temple marriage, and even today only one third feels that their church understands them So what attracts African Americans to such a church Outreach to people of color is sporadic Upward mobility is not a factor since black members are both rich and poor, educated and semiliterate, urban and rural Nor do they necessarily embrace white culture when they join this new church.Jessie L Embry sees black Latter day Saints as true converts, with only their individual spiritual experiences and abiding faith to keep them in the pews, while many whites are still ambivalent about their presence in their midst African American Mormons are pioneers who are paving the way for others to follow They are generally the first Mormon in their family, the first black in an all white congregation, and the first person of color to hold a position in their ward.What is their overall experience in this church Answers come from oral history interviews and mailed surveys Not surprisingly, many tell of discrimination, both subtle and overt Yet Embry sees signs that stereotypes are disappearing and that differences are beginning to be appreciated She is, in fact, encouraged by the degree of acceptance in such a short time.. Black Saints in a White Church Contemporary African American Mormons Less than of all Mormons percent are African American Until they were excluded from the ministry and from temple marriage and even today only one third feels that their church understands them

  • Title: Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons
  • Author: Jessie L. Embry
  • ISBN: 9781560850441
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons”

    1. This is a collection of accounts taken from African American members of the LDS church and it was very eye opening for me I thought it was wonderful and it really helped me gain a greater appreciation and understanding of one of the biggest issues that is often raised when the LDS church is discussed I highly recommend it.

    2. this is so incomplete and boring i was expecting of a studs terkel oral history instead, there is a white male true believer cutting and pasting i still have no idea what wld lead someone to the LDS church.

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