Jennifer Hudson On the Power of Church
Jennifer Hudson’s first memory of church was on Easter Sunday, where videos of Jesus’ crucifixion brought her to tears. This experience was the moment she finally understood the power of the Church.
February 16 & 17 at 9PM
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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As Black Churches became prominent, white supremacists targeted these sacred places.
In 1997, Kirk Franklin brought gospel music to the Billboard charts with his song “Stomp.”
Prathia Hall inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
John Legend attributes his faith-oriented upbringing to his successful music career.
For the Black Church to survive, it must be a place that is welcoming to all.
John Legend showcases his musical talent while singing “So Good To Me.”
Jesse Jackson challenged Ronald Reagan and paved the way for a new generation.
The Black Church is the place where the African American made their way in society.
In the 1960s, Pentecostal choirs emerged to bring youthful energy back to the Church.
As Black political activism evolves, new school activists abandon the church, but not God.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses the origins of Black church.
The Black Church explores the church’s powerful influence.
Explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
An intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
In 1949, Thurman published “Jesus and the Disinherited,'' promoting non-violence.
Between 1920 and 1960, African Americans were able to demand accountability.
In the early days of the phonograph, Black music recordings were marketed as Race Records.
In 1954, Reverend Franklin recorded his popular sermon “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest.”
As women’s place in society was beginning to change, the Church struggled to accept.
In the first decade after the Civil War, many Black Churches were built across the South.