The Black Church (PBS): This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

Video. 4 hours. PBS, February 2021.

This two-part PBS documentary celebrates the Black Church as a bedrock of resilience through America's 400-year history of oppression and slavery.


a 4-hour documentary, a companion study book, animated film series, discussion guides for dinner and worship; adapting the Christian religious tradition, early African American institutions and the AME denomination, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), spirituals and traditions

Best For

anyone seeking to understand the African American experience and the rich history of the Black Church


purchase DVD; free discussion guides and animated series

Suggested Uses

  • Honor the resilience and vibrancy of the Black Church by watching this documentary.
  • Understand the importance of the Black Church community by reflecting using the discussion guides.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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