Darius A. Gray
Darius Aidan Gray has received many awards from the state of Utah and various national organizations, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, given by the Utah chapter of the NAACP. This award recognized his efforts in the Civil Roots Movement and in African American history and genealogy.
Gray is the past president of the LDS Genesis Group, a support group for Latter-day Saints of African descent. A frequent lecturer on genealogy, black history, and LDS history, Gray was trained in broadcast journalism and worked as a reporter for KSL radio and television for several years, and as a documentary filmmaker for UNICEF in Africa. He helped produce the PBS program Ancestors and continues to participate in the popular program Questions and Ancestors.
Gray teamed with Marie Taylor to spearhead the Freedman Bank Records CD, which took eleven years to complete. This name extraction project provided a data base of African American genealogy comprising 484,083 names of depositors (and their families) in the post-Civil War bank set up for freed slaves. Several million African Americans have been able to use that resource in their family history as a result of the Gray/Taylor work.
With Margaret Blair Young, Gray has co-produced/directed two documentaries: Jane Manning James: Your Sister in the Gospel, and Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. He and Young also co-authored a trilogy of fully documented historical novels about Black Latter-day Saints.