Janan Graham-Russell

JANAN GRAHAM-RUSSELL studies womanist theology, Afro-Atlantic religion, and contemporary Mormonism. She specifically engages racial identity and religious expression among Black Latter-day Saint women in the Afro-Atlantic. Her work has been featured in two books: Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (Oxford University Press, 2015) and A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion (White Cloud Press, 2015) as well as The Atlantic online. Janan holds an MA in Religion from the Howard University School of Divinity.

Roundtable: A Balm in Gilead: Reconciling Black Bodies within a Mormon Imagination

Articles/Essays – Volume 51, No. 3

Dialogue 51.3 (Fall 2018): 185–192
“As much we may hope that one would disregard the explicitly racial teachings of the past, the significance of corporeality in the Mormon imagination is such that Mormonism’s racial wounds run deep. With-out a thoughtful consideration of the impact of the priesthood and temple restrictions, their legacy manifests in implicit and explicit ways.”

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