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"Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons" Premiering On Documentary Channel Next Month

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 15, 2011 5:08 AM
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Premiering on the Documentary Channel next month (July), in continuation of its Black Documentary Cinema series, is the award-winning film film Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons.

A stunning examination of racial issues within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons traces the history and experiences of African Americans in the Mormon church from the church’s beginnings in 1830, through the Civil Rights Movement, to the present day. At the heart of the debate lies the churches denial of the priesthood and most sacred privileges of the faith to its African American members – denials that were reversed in 1978 with a historic “priesthood revelation”.

Intriguing... the film includes rare, never-before-seen archival footage, interviews with renowned scholars on race and Mormonism, Civil Rights leaders, clergy and numerous black Latter-day Saints and former Mormons.

Look for it on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8PM, only on the Documentary Channel, which is primarily available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197) and DIRECTV (Channel 267).

Here's a preview of what to expect:


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4 Comments

  • Robert J. Foster | July 25, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    All the previous comments are great but lack some of the truth. This Documentary shows the truth about that time peroid without holding any punches. The positive and negative. I would encourage all those who see it to purchase the DVD. There is over 2 hours of additional footage that gives even greater insight.

  • Kim Moore | June 16, 2011 6:48 AMReply

    And actually, there were a handful of black men ordained to the priesthood before the 1970s. Google Elijah Abel. I think blacks not having the priesthood was more of a practice that a specific doctrine. Remember that the church was founded during slavery times so in the beginning black persons just weren't involved in the church as much.

  • Seth R. | June 16, 2011 1:34 AMReply

    There was never anything in LDS doctrine about black people "not getting into heaven."

    There was a denial of the Priesthood, and denial of access to the temples. But this was always understood to be temporary - even by the LDS figures most hardline on race - like Brigham Young. Even these figures spoke of black people one day having full privileges and blessings.

    Not that this makes their views OK or anything - but there is no need to represent past Mormon teaching as harsher than it actually was.

  • Julius Hollingsworth | June 15, 2011 6:40 AMReply

    Looking forward to all of this.Including the story about how black people couldn't get to heaven in the Mormon church until the 1970's I think the mid 70's. I guess
    If your are apart of the club none of the rules apply to you and if your not all of the rules and all of the unsaid rules apply to you.-

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