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.
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.