Celebrate The Black Church Experience In North Texas
Watch The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song free online through March 16.
The intimate two-part documentary series The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, which aired on KERA TV in February, explores how African Americans have worshipped for 400 years — and how those faith traditions have shaped American history.
KERA reflects on the series with even more ways to celebrate and learn about the Black church. Immerse yourself in stories, history, conversations, music and memories from across North Texas:
Students ages 16 to 20 are invited to video themselves reciting a speech about how understanding the Black church’s journey is relevant to today’s movements for racial justice. Entries will be accepted between February 17 and March 19. Cash prizes range from $150 to $550.
This timeline shares glimpses of African American arrival, congregation establishment and modern growth across the North Texas. You’ll scroll starting in 1847.
KERA’s award-winning newsroom is publishing a dozen articles throughout the month. Next up, read or listen to our interview with Black Church series producer/director Stacey Holman, and hear a Dallas mother share why she’s raising her son in a Black church.
Our arts coverage team is reporting on the impact of gospel music in North Texas. First, learn about an archive at Baylor University that is trying to save older Black gospel recordings, and take a deeper look at the song O Mary Don’t You Weep.
Download a toolkit with recipes and dinner conversation prompts. Get a Bible study guide for your church’s discipleship group. Take a guided tour of music from the documentary. And download a coloring packet of women who were significant to both the church and civil rights.
Our Community Partners
We appreciate our community partners who have worked with us on this project. They are committed to spreading justice, knowledge and hope throughout North Texas.
CLIPS & ANIMATED VIDEOS
The Black Church Trailer
Part I of this moving series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., airing February 16, explores the roots of African American religion. Part II, airing February 17, traces how the Black church expanded to address social inequality and minister to those in need. Read more about the film.
How could a nation embrace the Christian Gospel and Constitution that were so clearly anti-slavery and still justify slavery? Watch Part 1 of WETA National Digital’s animated series exploring the key historical figures that made the Black church possible in America. Read more about the videos.
NPR TINY DESK VIDEO
“I know you’re at home right now, in your draws, listening to some Jesus music. It’s ok. Jesus loves you in your draws!” For three decades, Kirk Franklin has been widely regarded for revolutionizing gospel. Listen to his remote NPR Tiny Desk concert, recorded at Uncle Jessie’s Kitchen, a studio in downtown Arlington — right in the heart of North Texas..
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