Blogging "The Real Romney"

Changing Mormonism

01.23.12 5:00 AM ET

This is Part 2 in a series about the new Mitt Romney biography. Click here for Part 1.

If Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee in a general election against President Obama, expect to hear a lot about the Mormon church and its attitude toward blacks. Until the late 1970s, the Mormon church barred black adherents from equal membership.

So it's worth noting that the Romneys, a leading Mormon family, were early and active battlers against racial discrimination, both in national legislation and within the Mormon Church. "The rights of some must not be enjoyed by denying the rights of others," wrote George Romney in 1964.