Last week’s post on Brigham Young and racism sparked an interesting discussion about Mormonism and race. I just learned that those of us who are lucky enough to live in Cincinnati (best city in the Midwest, I kid you not) have the opportunity to learn more about race in Mormon history from one of the world’s most expert sources.
Margaret Blair Young, a BYU professor who has spent more than a decade researching and writing about blacks in Mormon history — often with her co-author Darius Gray, a founder of the Genesis Group — will be speaking here this weekend a couple of times.
On Friday afternoon, Margaret will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati’s Tangeman University Center at 2:00 on black Mormon pioneers, including those who were enslaved and those who were freeborn.
Then on Sunday evening, April 27, she’ll be doing a fireside at the Montgomery LDS Stake Center at 6:30 p.m.
I am bummed that I can’t go on Sunday, because I’m sure it will be a fascinating talk and Margaret is a lovely person. I’m trying to switch an appointment so I can attend on Friday.
I loved the documentary Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, which Margaret and Darius co-produced. Here’s the trailer for the movie. (Darius is the man at the piano in the green vest.) Enjoy.