The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

An intimate four-hour 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.

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THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Films and WETA Washington, DC. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dyllan McGee are executive producers. John Wilson is executive producer in charge for WETA. Stacey Holman is the series producer and director. Christopher Bryson and Shayla Harris are producers/directors. Corporate support is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major funding is also provided by the Lilly Endowment; the Ford Foundation; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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Cornerstones | The Reader


The Reader risked his life to bring to the Church what should have never been prohibited.

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Cornerstones | The Servant


The Servant taught others how to serve more deeply, not as a slave, but as a free man.

Cornerstones | The Hymnist


The Hymnist sang praises to celebrate the soul's salvation and save the body from slavery.