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By Scott Tiffany

LDS Author Darius Gray Speaks to African-American Members in Harlem

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Darius Aidain Gray, president of the Genesis Group, visited Manhattan's core African-American church members in Harlem last week telling them, "I am pleased to be here, it's been my dream to come here a long time. I have prayed to be here and I am happy to be here."

Gray visited with about 40 members of the Harlem Branch at a potluck dinner on February 28, 2001, held in honor of his visit to New York City. Gray came to the city on a press tour promoting the Church's release of the Freedman Bank records on CD-ROM. He told Harlem Church members the disk was an invaluable resource to finding out "where we came from." The CD indexes the names and biographical information of nearly 500,000 African Americans who applied for bank accounts at the Freedman Bank after the Civil War.

"As people of color, we have a rich history, not only in latter-day times, but in historical times of the Bible," said Gray who is the co-author of "Standing on the Promises: One More River to Cross," the first of a trilogy of historical novels about black members of the Church. "Sometimes, we have been led to believe that we are 'less than.' But no one in God's family is less than. We are all God's children, and we must not judge other children by the color of their skin."

Gray presides over the Genesis Group, an official arm of the Church created in 1971 as a support group for Americans of African descent. Margaret Blair Youing, Gray's co-author of the book, also attended the dinner.

See also:
One More River to Cross
More about Margaret Blair Young and Darius Aiden Gray's "One More River to Cross" at


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