244: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial: Newell Bringhurst

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Historian Newell Bringhurst discusses the background to his seminal work, “Saints, Slave and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism.”

Originally published in 1980, Newell’s important contribution to racial politics in the LDS Church is being republished by Greg Kofford books in light of the 40th year anniversary of Official Declaration Two, which extended the priesthood to ‘all worthy men.’

Newell joins a chorus of scholars who argue that the Priesthood denial was less about Blackness than it was about White supremacy.

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