"The Black Church" Screening Event

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February 9, 2021
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Welcome to a sneak peek of "The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song" premiering on Arkansas PBS Feb. 16 and 17, 8 p.m. each night.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Arkansas PBS bring you a look at each part of the documentary. Christina Shutt, Director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. each share a recorded message before the screening event.

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, traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America.

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.

Arkansas PBS YouTube Link- www.youtube.com/channel/UCQMG88ek58wknvXKBWxEtvQ

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Link- www.arkansasheritage.com/mosaic-templars-cultural-center/mtcc-home

Video Descriptions

Christina Pre-Screener Video


Dr. Gates - Event Intro 1 - Black Church

Welcome from Dr. Gates for Black Church local event.

The Black Church Screener

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a four-hour documentary series that will premiere on PBS stations nationwide February 16, 2021 (check local listings). The series examines the church as a living institution, and the changing nature of worship spaces.

29min 16sec


  • Casey Sanders

    Outreach Producer for Arkansas PBS


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    Christina Shutt


    Director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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    Karen Walker


    Education Manager at Arkansas PBS

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    Tanisha Joe Conway


    Production Division Director

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    Julie Thomas


    Director, Marketing & Engagement Arkansas PBS

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    Veronica Palmer


    Digital Marketing Project Manager at Arkansas PBS

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    Connor Holmes


    Production Intern for Arkansas PBS

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    Brian Rodgers


    Historian at Mosaic Templar

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