Speaker: Darron Smith

RACE, RELIGION, AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY IN THE CLASSROOM: STRUGGLING AGAINST RACISM IN A CONSERVATIVE CONTEXT

In this session, Darron Smith shares the ways in which being African-American, progressive, and LDS pose unique challenges in the Mormon-dominated institutions of Utah higher education. Smith spends a lot of time in classrooms directly confronting the notion that blacks were and still are under a divine curse. His paper uses anecdotes about con-fronting religiously-based …

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THE OTHER DNA PROBLEM: BLACK AFRICAN JEWS AND THE PRIESTHOOD

For thousands of years, African tribes in Mozambique and Zimbabwe have claimed Jewish heritage and priesthood lineage. Their religious practice has included monotheistic worship, circumcising male children, and dietary practices closely resembling those prescribed in the Old Testament, including eschewing the eating of pork. Although some scholars have dismissed the tribes’ ancestral claims, new DNA …

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THE CHURCH’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF RACE: New Perspectives

A re-visitation of the 1978 Black Revelation from new and different perspectives. The presenters, co-editors of a forthcoming volume, Blacks and Mormons: Race in in American Church, will consider events and circumstances surrounding the revelation within the context of the Church’s “unfinished business of race.” What conditions brought about the revelation? How have Latter-day Saints …

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Church and Race: An Overview of the Most Pressing Issues

SL03091, This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and the thirty-fifth anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. It also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the revelation reversing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ policy of …

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