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Two events board members might be interested in:

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On June 1, the church is hosting a “celebration” at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City to mark that change.

The evening’s theme is “Be One” and will feature a message from a First Presidency member as well as stories of faith and music from Mormon convert Gladys Knight, Alex Boyé, the Bonner family, the Unity Gospel Choir International and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

On June 2, a group of black Mormon scholars is hosting a daylong conference at 1535 E. Creek Road in Sandy. Titled “The Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers: Building Zion,” it will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and focus on “the struggles, triumphs and overall legacy of black pioneers in the LDS Church.”

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/05/14/top-mormon-leaders-to-meet-with-naacps-national-officers/

Church's info:

https://www.lds.org/topics/blacks-in-the-church?cid=HP_MO-14-5-2018_dPTH_fTOPICS_xLIDyL2-4_

https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/be-one-june-celebration-priesthood-revelation

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Tickets to "Be One” are free and can be reserved at BeOne.lds.org. The program will also be broadcast live online so the global family of Saints can watch together. The program will be available on-demand after the live event.

Adults and children of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend. Visit BeOne.lds.org for more information.

Broadcast schedule:

https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/english/events/15713_be-one-notice_eng.pdf?lang=eng

 

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I am feeling homesick over this one, June 18:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nobody-knows-the-untold-story-of-black-mormons-tickets-45638267286

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June 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Church’s ban on priesthood ordination and temple participation by black people. Although the ban has ended, its impact remains with us still. This anniversary is an opportunity to show each other an “increase of love” (Doctrine and Covenants 121: 43) as we reflect on and act to repair the impacts of racism in our Church and in the world.

Calgary Mormon Symposia invites you and your family to attend this event.  Viewing the documentary created by Darius Gray and the discussion following will give attendees the opportunity to increase awareness of past and current racism, and ideas of what moving forward could look like. Our offering this event is not to look at the past and see where people fell short, but to provide a space for us to probe where things have gone wrong and how we can self examine to create change.

 

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Info for the conference:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1956779711301330/

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The Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers: Building Zion

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  • Saturday, June 2 at 9 AM - 3:30 PM

See the link for place as formatting gets strange.

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Come join with us on the first Saturday of June to celebrate the legacy of Black Latter-day Saint pioneers. After the LDS Church's "Be One" event, we will be hosting our second Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers Conference -- this time in Sandy, Utah for all of the Utah folks!

The June 2018 Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers Conference will be a day-long event focusing on the struggles, triumphs, and overall legacy of Black pioneers in the LDS Church.

This is a conference for all interested communities in and outside of the LDS Church. It is focused on the experiences and voices of Black Saints, though people from all backgrounds are invited to listen, learn, and join the moving conversations we will have.

 

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More info on NAACP meeting:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900018546/president-nelson-other-mormon-leaders-to-host-naacp-leadership-thursday.html

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SALT LAKE CITY — The national leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet Thursday with LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors.

This meeting kicks off of the NAACP's quarterly board meeting, which is being held in Salt Lake City for the first time.

Jeanneta Williams has long requested a meeting in Utah's capital. Williams oversees the organization's work in Utah, Idaho and Nevada as president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch.

"It is a historic meeting," she said, "and the NAACP Salt Lake Branch and myself as president are excited that the national board selected Salt Lake City to hold their May board meeting. We hope once they're here and do some sightseeing, it won't be their last time here."

The meeting with the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held at the Church Administration Building on Temple Square.

Following the meeting with President Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, LDS and NAACP leaders will make a joint statement to the media, according to a media advisory released by the church on Monday morning.

 

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Just to be clear, this thread is to be about the celebrations...stuff happening, not to debate the ban or motivations behind the celebrations or whatever.  If mods feel it belongs in Social or In The News, sounds good to me.

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Pet peave rant: can we not find another phrase to replace " moving forward " ? Along the same line, the statement that " we need to have that conversation "  should be put on the Lexagonal rubbish heap. At best it will be a ' lively debate ' . At worst it will be a full on riot.

 

Sorry for the derail. It was an itch that I needed to scratch. As for the OP , I am very pleased to see this happening.

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Don't worry about, I am always up for complaining about buzz words.  :spiteful:

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8 hours ago, Calm said:

Don't worry about, I am always up for complaining about buzz words.  :spiteful:

At least there hasn't (yet) been mention of "dialogue" being used as a verb ("We need to dialogue some more about that" or "We've been dialoguing about this . . .").  ;) 

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11 hours ago, Calm said:

My wife and I plan to attend one of these two events. I wish to add that the ban was a sticking point for me even after I joined the Church, and it was eliminated when I was 15. I can certainly identify with the feelings of blacks who know in their heart that the restored gospel is true even if the Church does/did not live it fully correctly. It takes a powerful and true spirit to honor ones testimony even in the face of being slapped. Those members who continue to pursue the truths of the restored gospel despite these things are truly strong and honorable indeed. May God bless us.

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