Margaret Blair Young teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University, but she’s in love with history, which she indulges in more than chocolate. Her latest project is Heart of Africa, a feature film she scripted that is now in development.
Jane Elizabeth Manning James, a black Mormon pioneer, was known to some Latter-day Saints historians in the latter part of the 20th century but was hardly a household name. Linda King Newell and Valerie Tippets Avery wrote the first well-researched article about Jane in LDS Church publication The Ensign. Subsequent Mormon authors focused on the early years of Jane’s life, particularly on founder Joseph Smith accepting her and her family into his home.