PBS presents an intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and endurance, grace and resilience, thriving and testifying, freedom and independence, solidarity and speaking truth to power.
The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.
From its early origins to today’s Black Lives Matter movement, The Black Church explores the church’s powerful influence as the spiritual, cultural, and political epicenter of the African American community. Hear from iconic musicians such as John Legend, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, and Yolanda Adams on the powerful role of gospel music within the Black church.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is one of the many powerful voices included in the series which premieres February 16 & 17, 2021.
For more details, please visit www.pbs.org/weta/black-church.