About

“We are taught in the scriptures that Zion is a place where God’s children “deal justly with one another.” Part of that process includes understanding the marginalized: listening to the voices of those who have historically been silenced. “Shoulder to the Wheel” is a valuable tool to help LDS people understand the experience of our brothers and sisters of color–especially Black Mormons–and ponder how racism hurts us all. This book provides ways to work within our families, congregations, and communities to challenge racism and live the principle that “All are alike unto God.” –Erika Munson, founder, Mormons Building Bridges

“Shoulder to the Wheel” began in June 2017 in response to verbal assaults on Black LDS writers on Twitter and was hastened by the events of August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It reflects the independent effort of LDS scholars and anti-racism advocates.  Our hope is to create resources that will address the lasting legacies of the Black priesthood and temple ban (1852 – 1978).  Many of the organizers of Shoulder to the Wheel identify as white Mormons and have undertaken this project because we believe everyone is responsible for ending racism. As we develop our efforts, we seek to amplify the leadership, voices, writings, and perspectives of African-American Mormons.

Working Group

Emily Clyde Curtis

Fatimah Salleh
Joanna Brooks
Marvin Perkins
Rebecca de Schweinitz
Benjamin Park
Melissa Inouye

Emily Jensen

Advisors on the Shoulder to the Wheel Resource

Mica McGriggs
Catherine Stokes
Bryndis Roberts
Fatimah Salleh
LaShawn Camille Williams
Melissa Inouye
Paul Reeve
Erika Munson
Jana Riess

Jane Hafen
Philip Barlow
Patrick Mason

Co-authors, Shoulder to the Wheel Resource

Danielle Dubrasky
Aimee Evans Hickman
Rebecca de Schweinitz
Joanna Brooks
Emily Clyde Curtis
Cynthia Bailey Lee
Benjamin Park
Emily Jensen
Miguel Barker-Valdez
Rachel Mabey-Whipple