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

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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr, chronicles the rich history of an institution at the heart of the African American experience.
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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr, chronicles the rich history of an institution at the heart of the African American experience.

Beginning with enslavement, traveling through Emancipation, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights movement, and ending in the present-day, Gates takes viewers on a journey through time, focusing on the key events, charismatic figures, political debates, and musical traditions that have shaped, and been shaped by, the Black Church.

The series also explores the complexity of these spaces of worship at a time when many believe it is at a crossroads. A chorus of leading scholars, ministers, and cultural influencers who grew up in the Black Church will weigh in and give meaning to events past and present.

Episode 1: The Freedom Faith
Enslaved Africans, shipped to the shores of North America, found ways to preserve their culture and beliefs as a way to sustain them through the atrocities of slavery. From hush harbors to praise houses to brick-and-mortar structures that stand today, host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the historic beginnings of the Black Church.

Episode 2: A Nation Within a Nation
Under slavery, the Christian faith provided a way for enslaved people to cope with the brutal and dehumanizing experience of bondage. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals that with freedom on the horizon, independent Black churches helped the formerly enslaved navigate emancipation, the Civil War, and the promise of Reconstruction during this transformational period in American history.

Episode 3: God will Make a Way
The dawn of the 20th century was a pivotal period for Black churches socially, musically, economically, and politically. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr, shares how the “nation within a nation” expanded its reach to address the social ills of society and minister to those in need. At the same time, we see how a clear denominational divide emerged within the Black Church.

Episode 4: Crisis of Faith
After the violent loss of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, Black churches found themselves at a crossroads. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers how Black churches grappled with their contradictory legacy of being an instrument of liberation, while at the same time battling class and ideological divisions that alienated vital members of their congregations.

Producer: Stacey L. Holman, Christopher Bryson, Shayla Harris, Kevin Burke
Executive Producer: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dyllan McGee, John Legend, Ty Stiklorius, Mike Jackson
Production Company: McGee Media; Inkwell Media; WETA Washington, D.C.; Get Lifted
Production Year: 2020
Copyright Year: 2021
Rating: TV-14
Director: Stacey L. Holman, Shayla Harris, Christopher Bryson
Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Writers: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 240 minutes
Subtitled: Y

48 Reviews
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Lessie
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5.0 star rating
08/10/22
Excellent
Review by Lessie on 08/10/22 review stating Excellent
Wonderful experience especially during Black History Month...the memories were powerful!
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DEIRDRE S.
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04/13/22
The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song DVD
Review by DEIRDRE S. on 04/13/22 review stating The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song DVD
From the bits Ive read, Im thrilled to have ordered this beautiful production.
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Jacquelyn
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5.0 star rating
03/08/22
Great Documentary!
Review by Jacquelyn on 03/08/22 review stating Great Documentary!
I gave the DVDs as a gift to my friends. They all loved it.
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Reginald
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5.0 star rating
02/20/22
Well done!
Review by Reginald on 02/20/22 review stating Well done!
Well done!
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Jennifer
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01/09/22
Loved it!
Review by Jennifer on 01/09/22 review stating Loved it!
I love the documentaries on PBS especially the ones about African American History. I watched the Black Church documentary when it aired back in February. It was very informative going back to when African Americans were brought over to America and life for African Americans today. It showed how we needed the church back then and how we need it now. I enjoyed the Black Church.
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Brenda
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01/01/22
Fantastic
Review by Brenda on 01/01/22 review stating Fantastic
I am thrilled with the historical information that was succinctly provided in this documentary
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Larry
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01/01/22
Gift.
Review by Larry on 01/01/22 review stating Gift.
Gift.
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Garrick
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01/01/22
I loved the video and
Review by Garrick on 01/01/22 review stating I loved the video and
I loved the video and the book; I also sent a set to my brother who is a Pastor and he was very pleased with the gift.
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Kathryn
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5.0 star rating
01/01/22
Powerful
Review by Kathryn on 01/01/22 review stating Powerful
Powerful and liberating message
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Beverly
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01/01/22
Very appropriate title for this documentary!
Review by Beverly on 01/01/22 review stating Very appropriate title for this documentary!
Very educational, interesting, and inspirational documentary that provides comprehensive content.
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John
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01/01/22
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Review by John on 01/01/22 review stating Th
fascinating. glad we still have an ancient cd player to watch it!
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Jan
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5.0 star rating
12/28/21
Great show and great history
Review by Jan on 12/28/21 review stating Great show and great history
Just watched this on PBS. Great history leon. With all the hype about Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught, this DVD set is a great collection to have to pa down through generations to come so they know about our history. Although this show doesn't cover all our history it is a great start to making a collection for our future generations. So glad I watched this and I am ordering the set for my grandkids to watch because as our world is changing so much and black history being banned, I want to collect as much of our history as I can. Thanks to the author for this great work.
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Theresa J.
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11/02/21
Many programs we watch on
Review by Theresa J. on 11/02/21 review stating Many programs we watch on
Many programs we watch on PBS and end up purchasing the DVD. While rather pricey compared to other vendors, the quality is fine. Thank you.
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Teresa
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5.0 star rating
10/05/21
An excellent documentary
Review by Teresa on 10/05/21 review stating An excellent documentary
The history of the black church is the history of America. so well done, made me want to learn more.
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Thomas
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5.0 star rating
09/12/21
Great service!
Review by Thomas on 09/12/21 review stating Great service!
Great service!
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Letitia
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5.0 star rating
08/09/21
Excellent historical information
Review by Letitia on 08/09/21 review stating Excellent historical information
Excellent historical information
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Richard
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07/20/21
How do you look at
Review by Richard on 07/20/21 review stating How do you look at
How do you look at the world so rarely seen on television, a world that I grew up in, watch this video and realize how much affect that out on the life that I am now, with a deeper understanding of how we all still need go
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george
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4.0 star rating
07/20/21
Mr. Gates,
Review by george on 07/20/21 review stating Mr. Gates,
is a brilliant story teller of the black culture. His documentary on The Black Church captured my memories from my childhood all the way to my present day. Its a rich experience and a story that needed to be told. Thank you PBS and Mr Gates. I would welcome the opportunity to sit across from you and share a beer...
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Judith
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4.0 star rating
07/20/21
Bought as a gift but
Review by Judith on 07/20/21 review stating Bought as a gift but
Bought as a gift but viewed it when it aired and thought it was great
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Abel
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4.0 star rating
07/20/21
Great Experience
Review by Abel on 07/20/21 review stating Great Experience
This is a very informative DVD!

“Must-watch look at this ‘nation within a nation.’” – Newsday

The Black Church places the Black experience at the core of the American story, and thereby rewrites it. ” – Los Angeles Times

“At times jarring, at times poignant, the documentary is riveting…” – Chicago Sun Times

The Black Church is the kind of documentary that only someone with a personal connection to the material could make.” -- Time

The Black Church flows like a river, carrying viewers forward in the tradition of the glorious music that has been an essential element of worship for centuries. ” – Oregon Live



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