Filmmaker Biographies

Darius Aidan Gray

Darius Aidan Gray, whose grandfather was born a slave in Missouri, joined the Mormon Church in 1964—before the priesthood restriction was lifted. He lived in Utah during the difficult 1960's and worked as a television news reporter. He comes to this project with first-hand experience of what it's like to be a Black Mormon, and what it's like to be the only African American student at a Mormon university. He is trained as a journalist and is also an award-winning author and an expert on African American family history. Mr. Gray was the LDS Church spokesman when the Freedman Bank CD (a genealogical resource for African Americans) was released to the public. In that capacity, he was interviewed by CNN and many national newspapers and television stations. Until recently, he presided over the Genesis Group, founded in 1971 to support Latter-day Saints of African descent. He has served in administrative positions for several PBS stations, and was one of the producers for the PBS series Ancestors. Currently, he is a frequent lecturer on Black history and genealogy, and contributes to the Black Voices section of the Huffington Post.

Margaret Blair Young

Margaret Blair Young is the president of the Association for Mormon Letters and has published eight books—six novels and two short story collections. Three of the novels were co-authored with Darius Gray and give the history (documented) of Black Latter-day Saints. Besides writing and co-producing/directing Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, she and Gray helped produce a small documentary about Jane Manning James. Young was also the project head for a documentary titled The Wisdom of Our Years, which featured the stories of elderly Blacks in Utah, who had seen history in the making before and beyond the Civil Rights Movement. Young has written six encyclopedia articles and other scholarly papers on Blacks in the western United States, and particularly Black Mormons. She teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.