Black Church Screening & Discussion

February 9, 2021
6:00pm Pacific Time
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Join PBS KVIE for an online preview screening of the new documentary The Black Church, followed by a panel discussion.

An intimate 4-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song airs in two parts on PBS KVIE on February 16 & 17 at 9PM and premieres on the PBS Video app at the same time.

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Thank you to the sponsor of The Black Church screening and panel discussion, Five Star Bank.

Video Description

KVIE Black Church OVEE

60 minutes


  • Holly Healy

    Holly Healy is the Community Engagement & Events Project Manager at PBS KVIE. She is responsible for managing station events and maintaining and building relationships with community members.

  • Richard Robey


  • Scott Syphax, Panel Moderator

    Scott Syphax is the Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Host of PBS KVIE’s Studio Sacramento. Scott is the CEO of Syphax Strategic Inc., a management advisory firm. Previously, Scott served as Chairman & CEO of The Nehemiah Companies.

  • Reverend Rosalee “Rose” Charley, Panelist

    A native of Marrero, Louisiana, Rev. Rosalee Charley is presently serving as Senior Pastor of the Faith Fellowship Family. After moving to Sacramento in 1958, she worked at McClellan Air Force Base for 35 years. Rev. Charley was certified in “Teaching Techniques” by The Trinity School of the Bible in Sacramento and was licensed and ordained at the New Testament Baptist Church, where she was a member for 27 years and served in many leadership and teaching positions. She travels extensively preaching, teaching, and conducting seminars and workshops.

  • Milmon F. Harrison, Ph.D., Panelist

    Milmon F. Harrison, Ph.D. (Sociology) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on the experience of people of African descent in the context of the continental United States. Using qualitative and/or digital humanities-based approaches, his work engages questions of race, religion, stratification, public policy, and social and geographical mobility. He is the author of the book Righteous Riches: The Word of Faith Movement in Contemporary African American Religion (Oxford 2005). He is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at UC Davis.

  • Reverend Kevin Kitrell Ross, Panelist

    The Rev. Kevin Kitrell Ross is a South Side Chicago native who now serves as the Senior Minister of Unity of Sacramento, the first Unity church in the State of California. He is regarded as a respected interfaith social justice leader, committed to building bridges of understanding and cooperation across race, culture, class, and religious lines. Rev. Ross' mission has taken him throughout the United States and to five continents as a keynote speaker, panelist, and facilitator. He is a Morehouse College graduate.

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