Prejudice–thou Ugly!

A few years ago, I wrote this account of some experiences I had with Darius Gray.  I must share it again.Prejudice, which President Kimball called “thou ugly,” mattered deeply to President Gordon B. Hinckley. He was troubled to hear about anyone being mistreated—and particularly when the excuse for mistreatment was race-based.Darius Gray was similarly concerned as he received countless calls from men and women all over the United States who were still dealing with the ripples of racist fo … [Read more...]

If you’re in Utah, you’re invited! February 12!

Announcing my guest speaker, Darius Aidan Gray A brief timeline of his life:Timeline: 1964: Darius Aidan Gray becomes LDS, learning the night before his baptism that he won't be able to be ordained to the priesthood.1965: Darius attends BYU and is told that he must not associate with white women. He lives in poverty. His boss refuses to pay him, and friends take him to Salt Lake City to sue the man. They do, successfully. He leaves BYU "on a dead run" certain that he will never … [Read more...]

Dayenu! (It would have been enough!)

(During some Passover celebrations, Jews drop bits of wine on a napkin, citing each plague which G-d caused to come upon the Egyptians and saying, "Dayenu!", or "it would have been enough with only that!")In 1998, when I was beginning to learn about black pioneers, Susie Mae Thomas started coming to my ward, though she didn't live in my boundaries. In retrospect, her presence was a miracle for me. Though she couldn't speak because of a stroke, she was my first guide into the race issues … [Read more...]

Darius Gray: Atlas with the Flu

Elsie Gray was close to miscarrying her baby, and had already had several miscarriages. She summoned the "Sisters"--Pentecostal women, who anointed her womb with consecrated oil and ministered to her, dedicating the fruit of her womb to God. Darius Aidan Gray was born healthy on December 12, 19?? (no, I won't reveal his birth year), though he suffered health problems for much of his childhood.As a teen, he read about Sampson and decided that he would do as Sampson did. He would not drink … [Read more...]