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Mormon Wellness Project: 017: One Man Standing, Nelson Lowry: Race and the Priesthood: Part One

One man standing tall in the fight for equality for all races in the LDS church in the 1940’s and 50’s was Nelson Lowry. This episode dramatizes his exchange of letters with the first presidency of the LDS church headed by George Albert Smith.

Timeline:

1947: Heber Meeks goes  to Cuba to evaluate possibility of opening up mission there

Meeks writes letter to Nelson Lowry (old schoolmate) who had previous been to Cuba as a sociologist  for the state department.

Lowry responds with letter to Meeks decrying racism in the church

Lowry sends copies of exchange of letters with Meeks to the first presidency of the LDS church

First Presidency responds to Lowry in letter outlining some of the reasons for the policy denying blacks equal standing in the Mormon church.

Lowry responds to church claims, trying harder  to convince them.

1949:  The First Presidency issues official statement on race adding even more reasoning  why they are right and fair in denying blacks full rights within the gospel.

http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/lowry-nelson-saga-cuba-report/

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V26N03_101.pdf

 

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One thought on “Mormon Wellness Project: 017: One Man Standing, Nelson Lowry: Race and the Priesthood: Part One

  1. Great subject to cover and a really important story in Mormon history. But unfortunately you’ve trampled the content with music competing with the speakers and not-so-funny outtakes. Don’t let the fun of the production process get in the way of a good product,

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