Award winning authors Darius Gray and Margaret Blair Young, along with new filmmaker Danor Gerald have brought to us a documentary entitled Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. This eye-opening inspiring film ought to be required viewing for faithful members of the LDS church. This is a little known segment of LDS history about incredibly faithful members of the church who endured and continue to endure persecution from both within and without the church. Nobody Knows delves into the experiences of LDS Black Americans, rather than the Priesthood ban and it’s influence on the International Church. Nobody Knows is a powerful testimony of perseverance and faith demonstrated by Black Latter-day-Saints of both past and present.
Like a tightrope walker moving carefully along the wire, master storytellers Gray and Young expertly balance truth as their guide. Nobody Knows allows each individual, including 19th century Black Mormon pioneers, and today’s modern day pioneers, to honestly share their unique perspective through interviews, historical footage, and written accounts. Nobody Knows frankly denounces the racist doctrines surrounding the Priesthood ban. Delicately this film reveals the Priesthood ban as policy and not doctrine. Nobody Knows truthfully recounts the terrible racism Black American Latter-day Saints endured; and balances it with comments by leaders in the church condemning racism. Nobody Knows is a worthy film to warm your heart, thoughtfully educate, and strengthen your spirit.
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