Premiering on RMPBS on February 16 and 17 at 8 pm MST.
An intimate four-hour, two-part series from 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, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews.
The documentary reveals how Black people have worshiped 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.
A production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Get Lifted.
With Thanks to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting