A Review: Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons

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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About JA Benson

Joanna entered the world as a BYU baby. Continuing family tradition, she graduated BYU with a degree in Elementary Education and taught for several years. Growing up in Salt Lake County, her favorite childhood hobbies were visiting cemeteries and eavesdropping on adult conversations. Her ancestral DNA is multi-ethnic and she is Mormon pioneer stock on every familial line. Joanna resides in the Southeastern USA with her five children ranging in age from 8 to 24. Her husband passed away in 2009. She is an avid reader and a student of history. Her current intellectual obsession is Sephardic Jewish history, influence and genealogy. She served as a board member for her local chapter of Families with Children from China. She is the author of “DNA Mormons?” Summer Sunstone 2007 http://www.bycommonconsent.com/2007/04/dna-mormons/ and “Becoming Hong Mei`s Mother” in the Winter Sunstone 2009 http://theredbrickstore.com/sunstone/becoming-hong-meis-mother/.

10 thoughts on “A Review: Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons

  1. Thank you for this. I’ve been wanting to know how to order this DVD for a long time. I adore Margaret and am impressed with Darius, and loved their presentation on Mormon Stories about this back in the day.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this film at Sunstone last year. It is indeed an eye-opener and a very inspiring example of holding firm to the rod. Two thumbs up!!

  3. I can’t answer the question about good pop music, because I’m becoming educated about that myself (liking Sufjan Stevens, Deathcab for Cutie, Beirut, and Jimmy Eat World), but I do have to thank JBenson for this very kind review. The one thing we failed to do is put a note on the DVD cover that the DVD includes 100 minutes of very cool special features. The other thing is this: Because of this review, I have had a lot of orders. We have no staff, so I mail them myself. Unfortunately, I have run out and so can’t fill every order immediately. Darius has the supply, and I’m arranging to pick up another box ASAP. I’ll get the orders out as soon as I can.

  4. Kalebarkab- your question is the biggest mystery of our time.

    Margaret-WOO HOO!! I would come and help, but I am too far away. Good Luck as an increase of blessings come your way.

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