Racializing The Jone...

By Dr. Darron Smith Black Americans have wanted, for many generations, a nation where equality of opportunity was the law of land, a place where dreams could come true regardless of skin color. Jim Jones, known by many of his followers as “father,” created the Jonestown commune—The...

In His Own Words: A ...

  By Angelo Baca It is time for minority voices to be heard especially when the possibility of a new Mormon president can happen. As a Native American scholar, I examined the effects of the Mormon Church upon indigenous peoples in the documentary film, “In Laman’s Terms: Looking at...

Unpacking the Origin...

By Dr. Darron Smith   There are reportedly some 2 billion self-identified Christians in the world—followers of the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ—with two of the largest denominations here in the United States being of the Catholic and Protestant traditions. Early...

The Mormon Church: I...

I joined the Mormon Church when I was a youth growing up in Nashville. At the time, I didn’t know about the racist teachings by the Church that persisted until 1978. Nor did I realize that the Church had never apologized for those teachings. All I knew is that these were kind and giving...

An Open Letter to Mi...

By Dr. Darron T. Smith   With the fast approaching 2012 elections on the horizon, there is one question left unanswered. As a widely circulated Associated Press article asked, “Will Obama’s Blackness Prevail Over Romney’s Mormonism in 2012?,” it went on to point out the unique...

Mormons, Race &...

A look at the Mormon faith’s history of belief on African-Americans and their role in the church, with Darron Smith. His research focus is Blacks and The Church of Latter Day Saints, and he is the co-editor of the essay collection “Black and Mormon.” He’s also an...

Darron Smith Appeara...

Check out Darron on a recent NPR show, “Tell Me More” click here to listen Tweet

Invite from Dr. Darr...

Currently Mormons for Research is conducting a Mormon survey on race and we need your help! The survey on Mormon racial attitudes is doing extremely well but we are in need of members of the LDS faith of African descent to please take the survey. If you have black friends who are members of...

Revelation Bias̷...

I was invited to read a post written by my friend Paul Barker about the history of blacks and the Mormon church. A lot of thought and research was put into the post, so I want to share it with my readers as well. Enjoy! If you are not familiar with the Mormon faith, church members of African...

Dr. Darron Smith app...

Darron appears in the segment at 11:21 Watch Impact – Jan. 12th, 2012 on PBS. See more from...