The BlackChurch: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, that traces 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 grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, 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. The Documentary explores 400 years of the Black Church in America and its impact as a living institution within the American culture. The series addresses the social, educational, financial, cultural and political role the Black Church has played in the lives of generations of African Americans.
More information and watch trailers here: https://www.pbs.org/weta/black-church/watch/
Part 1 premiers Tuesday, February 16th on PBS/WGBH Channel 2 Boston at 9:00 PM. Part 2 Wednesday, February 17th at 9pm also on Channel 2. Check listings for other times and stations.