Articles/Essays – Volume 12, No. 2
A Priestly Role for a Prophetic Church: The RLDS Church and Black Americans
1979: William L. Russell, “A Priestly Role for a Prophetic Church: The RLDS Church and Black Americans,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 12 No. 2 (1979): 37–50.
In recent years many RLDS Church members have been proud of the fact that the church has been ordaining blacks into the priesthood since early in its history. Sometimes they have made unfavorable comparisons between RLDS policy and that of their cousins in Utah who denied holy orders to black men and women until last year when half of the restriction was lifted.