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

Episode 2

Discover how the Black church expanded to address social inequality.
Cornerstones | The Reader

Cornerstones | The Reader

The Reader risked his life to bring to the Church what should have never been prohibited.

Cornerstones | The Servant

Cornerstones | The Servant

The Servant taught others how to serve more deeply, not as a slave, but as a free man.

Cornerstones | The Hymnist

Cornerstones | The Hymnist

The Hymnist sang praises to celebrate the soul's salvation and save the body from slavery.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion.

John Legend Credits the Church for His Music Career

John Legend Credits the Church for His Music Career

John Legend attributes his faith-oriented upbringing to his successful music career.

Jennifer Hudson On the Power of Church

Jennifer Hudson On the Power of Church

Jennifer Hudson’s first memory of church was on Easter Sunday.

Watch Local Stories About the Black Church in Washington

The Black Church in Washington

In our The Black Church in Washington series of shorts, WETA explores the Black Church experience in the Washington, D.C. area and highlights several local congregations.

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From the pulpit to politics to building community, African American churches have played in integral role in shaping the history of the Washington, D.C. region. Learn more on our Boundary Stones local history blog.

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