Social Liberals, Church Patriarchs, and Mormon Racial Dogma, 1945-1978

No issue caused the LDS Church more grief in the twentieth century than restricting people of black African origin from receiving priesthood ordination and temple rites. Following World War II there was an energetic movement to eliminate segregation and discrimination everywhere in the United States. LDS Church leaders stubbornly opposed this powerful movement in spite of strong pressure from both inside and outside the church to end these practices. This session explores the interaction between that movement and the LDS church.