As a warm-up for BCC’s week-long celebration of Spencer W. Kimball’s 1978 revelation on the extension of Priesthood ordination of people of African descent, I’ve put together this basic, short bibliography for those interested in doing a little reading. I’m no expert, so please add anything I’ve missed in the comments section.
Bringhurst, Newel G. (1981). Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism (Contributions to the Study of Religion, No. 4). Greenwood Press.
Bush, Lester E. Jr; Armand L. Mauss, eds. (1984). Neither White Nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church. Signature Books.
Embry, Jessie (1994). Black Saints in a White Church. Signature Books.
Smith, Darron T.; Bringhurst, Newel G. (2004). Black and Mormon. University of Illinois Press.
Bush, Jr., Lester E. Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Volume 08, Number 1 (Spring, 1973), pp. 11-68.
Mauss, Armand. Comments: White on Black among the Mormons: A Critique of White & White. Sociological Analysis, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 277-282
Mauss, Armand. The Fading of the Pharoah’s Curse: The Decline and Fall of the Priesthood Ban Against Blacks in the Mormon Church. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Volume 14, Number 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 10-45.
White, Jr. O. Kendall; White, Daryl. Abandoning an Unpopular Policy: An Analysis of the Decision Granting the Mormon Priesthood to Blacks. Sociological Analysis, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Autumn, 1980), pp. 231-245.