Candid Conversation: Black Church

March 17, 2021
6:00pm Eastern Time
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Enjoy a virtual excerpt of the new PBS documentary, The Black Church, followed by a live virtual conversation about the Black Church in Central Florida.

Speakers include:

• Moderator, Dr. Jeff Williamson, Communications Director for Orange County Government

• Talia Blake, Morning Edition Host and Reporter, WMFE

• Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religion and Dean of the Cornelius & Dorothye Henderson School of Religion at Bethune-Cookman University

• Bishop Elect Derrick L. McCrae, Sr., The Experience Christian Center

• Reverend Bettye J. Watson, Pastor, St. Paul A. M. E. Church

This event is in partnership with Orange County Government, Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative and the Orange County Library System.

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Video Descriptions

Black Church Virtual Event - OVEE Welcome


In this intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., we trace how this came to be in the 400 year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and endurance, grace and resilience, thriving and testifying, freedom and independence, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

Official Trailer

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture. Three-part, six-hour series premieres April 5, 2021.

A Tale of Two Authors virtual event promo

Join us on March 31st at 6pm for a virtual live discussion: A Tale of Two Authors: Ernest Hemingway and Zora Neale Hurston.

WUCF Giving

The Black Church - Welcome

Welcome message from WUCF's Dr. Phil Hoffman.

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.

Black Church Virtual Live Discussion & Conclusion

Live virtual conversation with our esteemed speakers.

120 minutes


  • Shiyana Valentine

    WUCF Education & Community Engagement Manager

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  • WUCF - Janice Sante

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