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

darius at first night

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!)

Susie Mae Young Thomas and Me

(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

Darius from Gene Heath 2

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...]


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