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October 2009 -Darius Gray
A Reflection of Humility and Patience
The keynote speech for the October 2009 gathering was Darius Gray, first leader of the LDS Genesis group.
Brother Gray discussed the history of the blacks in The Church, the implications of revelation, and some very interesting history.
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Saints United Voices (with Gladys Knight) has made many appearances in the LDS world, sometimes followed by a fireside given by Gladys Knight's daughter.
Also, Merlin Perkins has made regional firesides on "Blacks In The Scriptures".
Brother Gray joined the Church in 1964 during a time when African American Church members were few. At a time when many faithful Latter-day Saints of African lineage were patiently waiting for the day when the priesthood would be granted to all worthy men without regard for race or color, Darius A. Gray and two other men knelt in prayer prior to approaching the leadership of the Church.
The result was the formation in 1971 of Genesis, a support group for black Latter-day Saints. Brother Gray and his two colleagues, Ruffin Bridgeforth and Eugene Orr, were set apart by Church Apostles as the presidency of the group, with Brother Bridgeforth as president.
After the 1978 revelation on the priesthood (see Official Declaration 2 in the Doctrine and Covenants), Brother Bridgeforth was one of the first black men to receive the priesthood and the first to be ordained a high priest.
In 1997, Brother Gray was set apart as Genesis president and held that position until 2003.
Brother Gray has been honored by the Mormon History Association with a special citation for outstanding contributions to Mormon history.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFZUVLfN8Pk This is a recently posted youtube by Darius, titled: "Blacks In The Scriptures". A powerful lecture which takes evidence straight from the Holy Bible and traces the bloodlines of many persons in the Bible to Ethiopia, Egypt and other "black" areas...including Jesus Christ himself.