African Americans (Black Mormons) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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    This page is dedicated to the small and often overlooked group of African American Mormons who have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) almost since its founding on April 6, 1830. Their numbers have grown dramatically since 1978. Far larger numbers of Africans and people of African ancestry in Latin America have joined the Church after LDS leaders removed the ban on males of African ancestry holding the priesthood. In 2015 an estimated 700,000 people of African ancestry around the world claimed The LDS Church as their spiritual home including 333,000 in sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal in this project is to illuminate the personal history of selected individual African American Mormons and to explore the now nearly two century history of the Church and people of African ancestry. We do this by situating on this page all information on BlackPast.org related to the subject. It is hoped that the sharing of this information will lead to a greater understanding of the long and complex relationship between the LDS Church, black Mormons, African America, and people of African descent around the world.