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Mormons / Blacks In Priesthood #499618

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 09, 1978
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(Studio) Mormon Church change in policy to allow black men into priesthood, after church president Spencer West Kimball reported getting revelation from God, noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Salt Lake City, UT) Background of Mormon exclusion of blacks from priesthood given; controversy surrounding this discrimination, especially during early 1970's when other college teams would refuse to play Brigham Young University teams, described. Film of Kimball shown. [Mormon spokesperson Heber WOLSEY - says church leaders have prayed long and hard for this message to come.] Reaction of black Mormons reported [Ruffin BRIDGEFORTH - is overjoyed, but had faith) that it would happen.] Last big policy change in church, abolition of polygamy, mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Brown (KUTV, Salt Lake City)

(Studio) Other details about international status of Mormon Church given; is noted that priesthood open only to men, not women.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brown, Bill;
Chancellor, John

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