Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons: Previously titled "The Eleventh Hour Laborers."
Few people, Mormon and non-Mormon, are aware that there has been an African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days, that the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers included three "colored servants" who were baptized Mormons, and whose descendants remained active in the Church for several generations. This documentary talks about that little-known legacy, and confronts the hard issues which surfaced in the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement, when the Church restricted its priesthood from those of African descent. It discusses how that restriction was lifted and what the lives and challenges of the modern Black Mormon pioneers are.
The project is headed by Margaret Young and Darius Gray, authors of several award-winning books and articles about Black Mormons, and by Danor Gerald, a promising new filmmaker. Executive Producer is Richard Dutcher; Editors are Jim Hughes and Danor Gerald.
"Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons" is sponsored by Independent Feature Productions, which makes all donations tax-deductible. See trailer at Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons Premiere at LDS Film Festival January 18, 2008 at the Scera Theater in Orem. Scheduled for release February 2008.