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

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Join WITF for a free documentary screening and panel discussion around The Black Church, Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm.

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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.

Watch selected clips from across the four-hour series and afterwards join a panel discussion exploring the history of the Black church in Central Pennsylvania and how it continues to shape our community today. The event is supported by Hamilton Health Center and PA Council of Churches.

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Panel Moderator:

Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton - Founder, Kingdom Embassy & System Manager of Spiritual Care Services, UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg

Panelists include:

Senior Pastor Marlon Carter - Small Memorial AME Zion Church, York, PA & Member, Black Ministers’ Association of York County

Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens - Executive Director, PA Council of Churches

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About The Black Church

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, that traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped 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.

View the Trailer for The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

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