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Alex Boyé Discusses Race and the Church

During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals, “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” In the final video of our 4 part series, Boyé explains how he handles questions of racism in relation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Boyé is often approached with questions related to this topic and said, “One thing I always say is if you Google religion and racism—put any faith and type in racism—any faith on face of this earth, you’ll have thousands and thousands of pages that come up. So I guess what I’m saying is this is an issue that has existed in every single religion across the face of this earth.”

Boyé talked about how people who joined the Church over time brought the good and the bad with them. He said when he first joined he was listening to rap music that was less than uplifting, saying, “When I joined this church, I brought everything with me, good and bad. I used to listen to most hard-core rap music ever.” After realizing he wasn’t feeling the spirit like he should, he knew he had to get rid of it.  Likening this to getting rid of traditions such as racism he added, “A lot of times people bring these things into the fold. It was never something that was invented by LDS people."

Watch the final part of our four-part interview with Alex Boyé: