February 9, 2021 Courtney Napier

The Miraculous History of the Black Church

“I look back in wonder at how we got over,” the Black preachers say. And it is a wonder, indeed nothing short of a miracle, that enslaved Africans would hear stories told by their captors and hear in them Good News, as Christians would have it. And then to use that Good News to become the center of the political, economic, educational, and cultural transformation of their communities.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. This series premieres on Tuesday, February 16th on PBS.

While you wait, journalist Beatrice Alvarez list of twenty-eight documentaries on Black history makers, all streaming for free on the PBS website.

 

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