The Hutchinson Report from Black America Web:
For more than a century, the Mormons clung tightly to their well–documented, race-tinged dogma that blacks were an inferior race, could not be priests, serve on missions or be married in the Temple. They repeatedly cited the Old Testament curse of Ham as a cover for their unabashed racial bigotry. Mormon church leaders didn’t budge from making pronouncements about God’s alleged curse against blacks even when other fundamentalist groups backpedaled -- at least publicly -- from using the Bible to justify racism. Sharpton may in fact have been moved to take his shot at the Mormons because he is a Pentecostal minister, and his church has at times been at odds with Mormonism. The Mormons finally backed away from their ban against blacks after church leaders claimed they got a revelation from God in 1978 that declared blacks were now equals.
That was a decade and a half after the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.
The Mormon leaders claim that they have convincingly junked their racist past. They tout their much-publicized genealogical research on African-American families, their aggressive missions in Africa, and the handful of blacks that serve in the important church body known as the Quorum of the Seventy to prove it. Yet, Mormon leaders have also have rejected calls for the church to apologize for its century-plus defense of Biblical-touted racism.