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A new beginning: African-Americans and the Mormon Church

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Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office. (Photo by John Dorman)

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A view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Harlem, New York City. (Photo by John Dorman)

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African-Americans who have been drawn to the Mormon Church confront issues with their religious beliefs and with friends and family members who wonder why they have chosen that church. Looking beyond the church's racially charged past, African-Americans interested in the faith try to forge their own identities amid some lingering cultural resistance.