Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming offer new and innovative perspectives on the Book of Mormon in The Book of Mormon For the Least of These
Tuesday, March 31st, 7pm
This social justice commentary of the Book of Mormon empowers readers to understand the text as a book that speaks to issues of racism, sexism, immigration, refugees, and socioeconomic inequality. The Book of Mormon For the Least of These offers an unflinching examination of some of the difficult and troubling sections of the Book of Mormon, while also advocating for a compassionate reading of holy text. As a verse-by-verse close reading, this book examines new layers of interpretation and meaning, giving even those deeply familiar with scripture innovative tools for engaging powerfully with the Book of Mormon.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK OF MORMON FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming have given us a beautifully written commentary on hundreds of verses in the first third of the Book of Mormon. Although they avowedly write from the perspective of contemporary social justice advocates, their perspective is broader than that. They see in the Book of Mormon a picture of life as a hard journey--harsh, discouraging, contradictory--but one where God is always present to succor suffering travelers.--Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
"The Book of Mormon For the Least of These is a transformative and revolutionary work that should be a stable in LDS homes across the globe. This book is a love letter to us, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and it is felt with such vigor within each page. It nods to us and our struggle at the margins and reminds us that we have always been centered in sacred text. This lens shall live on and inspire great and needed transformation for the generations that are to come." -Maybelline Alvarez-McCoy, Maybelline Alvarez-McCoy, Educator, activist, Co-founder of the LDS Legacy Conference
Fatimah S. Salleh was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Puerto Rican-Malaysian mother and an African American father. She is the eldest of seven. Dr. Salleh received her PhD in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University in Public Communication and a second Master’s in Divinity from Duke University. She is married to Eric Sorensen and they have four children.
Margaret Olsen Hemming is the editor in chief of Exponent II and sits on the board of the Center for Latter-day Saint Art. She earned a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She lives in Chapel Hill with her spouse, three children, and a large vegetable garden.