Brigham Young University was founded in 1875 by Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon church, as an institution to train public school teachers. According to the school’s website, “a BYU education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service.” But the school and the Mormon church have had a complicated history with Black folks. In 1978, the church reversed a ban on Black people serving in the lay priesthood that had been in place since the mid-1800s. And in 2018, Black Mormons represented only 6 percent of the church’s 16 million members around the world.

The Black Menaces say their goal is to share their experiences with as many people as possible. “The Black Menaces aren’t affiliated with BYU, so they can’t hold our voice back,” said sophomore Stewart-Johnson. “We wanted to highlight everything that we go through in a way that millions could see it.”

“There’s a lot of prejudice and discrimination that goes on here that people don’t know about,” Nate Byrd added. “And so our goal is to let people know that hey that exists here, and this is something that needs to change.”