The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song Episode 2

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song Episode 2

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 9:00pm - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:00pm

Host, Henry Louis Gates Jr. standing in front of stained glass at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Credit: Courtesy of McGee Media

Discover how the Black church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement and the Black church’s role in the present.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song continues Wednesday, February 17 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV and re-airs February 23 at 9pm with the Black church expanding its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the exodus out of the Jim Crow South during the Great Migration to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s. After the violent loss of leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many Black churches found themselves at a crossroads — struggling to remain relevant in an era of increasing secularization while reckoning with urgent social and cultural issues within their congregations and broader communities. The series brings the story of the Black Church up to the present — a time of renewed struggle for racial justice in America. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. interviews prominent figures across African American society, including celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson, and John Legend; Bishops Michael Curry, Yvette Flunder and Vashti Murphy McKenzie; Rev. William Barber, and more.

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