Four opportunities this month to learn more and do better:
PROVO, UTAH–BYU: through February 28: “Continuing Conversations: Black and Mormon”–an exhibit curated by Chandler Kendall, Gallery Educator, Education in Zion Gallery. “In 1978, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued Official Declaration 2, offering priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy members, regardless of racial descent. Some Saints assume that black members have easily and seamlessly found their place in the Church in the last four decades, not realizing that the struggle for racial identity is still an issue that many face even today. This exhibition highlights black Saints who have furthered the conversation about what it means to be both black and Mormon: Q. Walker Lewis, Jane Elizabeth Manning James, Elijah Able, Darius Gray, Alan Cherry, Hattie Soil, Alice Faulkner Burch, Tamu Smith, Janan Graham-Russell, Peter Johnson, Johnisha Williams, Melodie Jackson.” Hours and location here. The Gallery is also hosting Family Home Evenings on Black LDS history on February 5 and 12.
CALIFORNIA: Sunday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.: Paul Reeve, “The Long Promised Day Forty Years Later: Lessons from the Archives on Race, Priesthood, and Temples,” Danville, California Stake Center, 655 Old Orchard Road, Danville, CA 94526. Paul Reeve is an award-winning historian, University of Utah professor and author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle (2015). He created a Gospel Doctrine lesson plan on Official Declaration 2 for Shoulder to the Wheel available here.
WASHINGTON, DC–LDS TEMPLE VISITORS CENTER: Saturday, February 17: Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers Celebration (register here.)
ILLINOIS, BOLINGBROOK WARD: FEBRUARY 24 – 25