Black LDS Website
This site celebrates the contributions of Blacks to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to their communities. Latter-day Saints are also known as Mormons due to their belief in the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible.
We hope to correct racial myths and misunderstandings that linger from critics of Mormonism as well as from Latter-day Saints themselves. We strive to build the Gospel vision that we are all children of God, of great and equal worth in His sight.
Blacks have been Latter-day Saints since the church’s beginnings in the 1830’s. Some held the priesthood and served missions in the early church. Click on History to see a timeline on how Latter-day Saint events and views toward Blacks unfolded along with religious and secular racial history in America. Read the stories of Black pioneers.
Click on Priesthood to learn how limitations on Black Latter-day Saints were lifted in 1978 and how Latter-day Saints have worked to improve respect and understanding.
This site started as an idea shared by Scott Gordon, Renee Olson, and Juliann Reynolds. It is now run by a team of eight dedicated members including (pictured left-to-right below) Scott Gordon, Margaret Young, Richard Miller, Marvin Perkins, Chris Kite, Dana King, Darius Gray, and Renee Olson.