ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 09, 1978
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(Studio) Mormon Church policy change in allowing blacks to become priests reported.
(No location given) Mormon policy of excluding blacks from priesthood, as stated by church spokesperson to news team in 1973, mentioned; film of 1973 report shown. [MAN - says present policy doesn't allow blacks to be priests, but that church prophets have said time will come when it will change.] Church president Spencer West Kimball's announcement that he recd. revelation from God with regard to issue, after prayers in Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. [Mormon SPOKESPERSON - reads statement from president] Utah NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) head's reaction to church decision reported Contd. exclusion of women from lay priesthood in Mormon Church noted.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory