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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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David O. McKay and Blacks: Building the Foundation for the 1978 Revelation
David O. McKay and Blacks: Building the Foundation for the 1978 Revelation1 Gregory A. Prince "If there was ever a person, in terms of social justice in our society, for fairness, it would have been David O. McKay. Had it been up to him, alone, he would have given the Black the priesthood that quick!"2 So spoke one general authority recently, who was called to his position by President McKay and who discussed with him the issue of ordination of Blacks. In one sense, there is no surprise ending to the story of David O. McKay's relationship with Blacks, for the policy of not extending the priesthood to black males was not changed until eight years after his death. However, to look upon that relationship only in terms of whether or not the policy was changed is to overlook the deep concern felt by President McKay toward Blacks throughout his tenure as church president, and the administrative changes he enacted which moved in the direction of full inclusion, signaled by the 1978 revelation. The question of ordination of Blacks was often on McKay's mind, and on several important occasions during the nineteen years of his presidency it became a front-burner issue for the First Presidency and others of McKay's inner circle. Most notably, the weeks preceding McKay's death saw a furious exchange of actions and reactions by the two dominant general authorities, Hugh B. Brown and Harold B. Lee, as one sought to change the policy while the other sought to block his initiative, 1. First presented as a paper at the Mormon History Association Annual Meeting, Ogden, Utah May 22,1999. 2. Paul H. Dunn, interview by the author, 18 February 1995.