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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

The Road to the Revelation

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We wrap up our series on the 40th anniversary of the LDS Church lifting its priesthood ban on black members. We'll talk about what happened within Church hierarchy that led to the change and the role black members played.

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Thursday, we’re wrapping up our series marking the 40th anniversary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lifting its priesthood and temple ban on black members. Historian Greg Prince joins us to talk about the pressure church leaders felt from outside the church as well as from within. There was a lot of maneuvering going on at church headquarters in the years before 1978. We’ll also hear reaction from Eugene Orr, a Latter-day Saint who stayed despite the racism he encountered.

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Gregory Prince is an independent historian whose books include David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism  [Indiebound|Amazon] and  Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History [Indiebound|Amazon].


Eugene Orr joined the LDS Church in 1978 and was a founding member of Genesis, a group for African-American Mormons.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.