This panel explores the paradoxical situation of African-Americans within the Church since 1978 and the ambivalence about the roles assigned to blacks. As Church officials attempt to reach out to blacks through missionary efforts in predominantly black areas, many white Latter-day Saints continue to embrace and even promote certain racist concepts. How have these ideas affected the appeal of Mormonism among black Americans? How have African-American Mormons reacted to these developments?
Newell G. Bringhurst, Darron T. Smith, Armand Mauss, Ken Driggs