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Celebrate The Black Church Experience In North Texas

Watch The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song here.

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.

Watch a film trailer and animated videos from PBS and a Kirk Franklin at-home concert from NPR, recorded in Arlington, Texas.

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:

Read stories by KERA’s award-winning newsroom, like how Black churches helped the city of Dallas rein in payday lenders. And visit visit Art&Seek for arts stories like one about an archive at Baylor University that’s trying to save older Black gospel recordings.

SEE ALL STORIES

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.

GO TO THE GUIDES

This timeline shares glimpses of African American arrival, congregation establishment and modern growth across the North Texas. You’ll scroll starting in 1847.

GO TO THE TIMELINE

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

Praise & Protest

Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, Dr. Michael Waters and Pastor William T. Glynn joined moderator Bob Ray Sanders, — former Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and KERA TV reporter — to discuss the impact of the Black church in North Texas.

WATCH THE CONVERSATION

FRIENDS OF KERA’S BLACK CHURCHES PROJECT

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.

NAACP Fort Worth Tarrant County Branch
National Council of Churches
Paul Quinn College
Perkins School of Theology, SMU

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GOSPEL PLAYLIST

SISTER ROSETTA THARP, THE WINANS & MORE

Music Inspired By The Black Church

Enjoy a selection of gospel music hand-picked by KERA 90.1 FM’s sister station, KXT 91.7 FM. (If you don’t have a Spotify account and want to listen to the whole playlist, you can sign up for free when prompted.)

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

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CLIPS & ANIMATED VIDEOS

WATCH AN EXTENDED CLIP

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.

WATCH MORE FILM CLIPS

CORNERSTONES: FOUNDING VOICES OF THE BLACK CHURCH

Animated Black Church Shorts

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.

WATCH THE REST OF THE SERIES

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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.

READ THE TINY DESK ARTICLE


MORE RESOURCES

▸ Explore U.S. racial justice and Black history with our collection of PBS documentaries and programs.

▸ PBS also has a collection of resources to help parents discuss race and racism with children.

View KERA’s statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Major corporate support for THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.