African American Oral History Project
- Existence: 1985
The African American Oral History Project took place in 1985, and was administered by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.
The LDS African American Oral History Project was conducted through the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies by Alan Cherry, an African American member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two hundred and twenty-six African American members were interviewed throughout the United States about their experiences as members. The program aimed at documenting the experiences of African Americans with regards to their lives before and after the revelation admitting men of African descent into the priesthood. Interviews were later used in writing "Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons"; "'Separate but Equal?': Black Branches, Genesis Groups, and Integrated Wards"; "Blacks" in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism; "Middle Class African American Mormons"; and "Spanning the Priesthood Revelation (1978): Two Multigenerational Case Studies."
Citation:Charles Redd Center for Western Studies website, February 8, 2012 (African American Oral History Project; conducted by Alan Cherry; 226 African American members interviewed about their experiences in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; interviews later used in several works)
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the African American Oral History Project, 1985-1993.
Contains directories for the African American Oral History Project. Dated from 1988 to 1995.
Contains surveys given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are also African American, asking them about their feelings towards the Church and about racism within the Church. Dated approximately 1980.
Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the African American Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1985-1993.