The Black Church WHUT

February 25, 2021
6:30pm Eastern Time
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Join WHUT for a virtual preview screening of the new documentary The Black Church, followed by a panel discussion. The Black Church - This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song reveals the broad history, culture, and music of the Black Church, and explores the African American faith communities.

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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.

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WHUT - The Black Church PreRoll

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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.

120 minutes


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  • Moderated by Dr. Renee K. Harrison

    Renee K. Harrison is an Associate Professor of African American and U.S. Religious History at Howard University. She joined the School of Divinity faculty in the fall of 2010. Prior to her appointment at Howard, Dr. Harrison served as an assistant professor of African American Religious Practices and Culture at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. She also served as a visiting assistant professor and the interim director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Harrison's research interests include an interdisciplinary and interfaith approach to African American religious history and culture; early American religious history; black feminist/womanist thought; aesthetic theory and the arts; phenomenology; and rituals of healing and resistance. Harrison is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships. She is co-facilitator with Dean Yolanda Pierce of the Community, Spirituality, and The Arts Series at HUSD. Harrison earned her Bachelor of Arts from California State University Northridge; Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religious Education (with honors) from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and Ph.D. in Religion with an interdisciplinary concentration in history, feminist/womanist thought, African American studies, and philosophy from Emory University.

  • Dr. Susie C. Owens

    Dr. Susie C. Owens is a native Texan and a product of the Boston Public School System. Understanding her call to teach, she pursued the field of education, graduating from Brooks College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. In May of 1999, she received a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Howard University School of Divinity. In June of 2013, she received her doctoral degree in African American Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Owens’ innate ability to deliver the word of truth, her passionate and intentional posture of prayer and her footing on the cutting edge of ministry has opened numerous doors and placed her on diverse platforms, such as the Top 10 Gospel Billboard, featuring two of her CDs entitled Prayers from the Heart Vol. 1 Faith and Vol. 2 Healing the Land. She is the wife of Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr., who is the pastor of Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington, DC; a progressive, inner-city church. Dr. Owens serves alongside her husband in ministry as the Co-Pastor and as the International First Lady of Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. She is the author of three books; Unless Two Agree, Memorable Moments and Soaring Above The Ceiling. In her spare time, she enjoys the theater and reading. Finally, she is the proud mother of two children, Alfred Thomas and Kristel Moneek and grandmother of seven grandsons Nathan, Darian, Nicholas, William, Kaiden, Kiyson, Karter and one granddaughter Keiress.

  • Bishop Allyson Abrams

    As the voice of a new generation of liberation theologians, a feminist with a unique calling, and a political facilitator with the life experiences and credentials for ministering and leading historical congregations, Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams, founder, prelate, and pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, located in Washington, DC and Lanham, MD, is an ecumenical sensation presiding at the nondenominational apex of religion, intersectionality, and politics. Bishop Abrams earned her BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. She attended Miles Law School and two years later changed course and accepted her call to ordained ministry. By 2005, she had earned a Masters and Doctorate of Divinity degrees, with an emphasis in Worship, from the United Theological Seminary, of Dayton, Ohio. In 2001, she was ordained by the American Baptist and Progressive National Baptist Convention and elevated and consecrated, a bishop by Ecumenical College of Bishops, in 2012. Bishop Abrams and the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral were named “Best Clergy” (2015, 2017) and “Best House of Worship” (2015, 2016, 2017) by the Washington Blade’s “Best of Gay DC” respectively. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, traveling “Shower of Stoles,” show presented Bishop Abrams with an Honorary Stole (2016). She was named “Alumni of the Year” by the United Theological Seminary, (2012), listed as “Who’s Who of Black Detroit” in (2006, 2010), named “Capital Pride Hero” (2016), and earned “Top 100 Gay ‘G List’ Leader” (2016, 2017). Dr. Abrams was recently named one of the “Top 50 Leaders for National Youth Pride” (2018). Social Media - FB - Bishop Allyson Abrams IG - @BishopAllysonAbrams TikTok - Bishop Allyson Abrams SnapChat - Bishop Allyson Abrams Twitter - @BishopAllysonA

  • Rev. Thomas L. Bowen

    Rev. Thomas L. Bowen is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. He is often called “DC’s Pastor.” Reverend Bowen is also the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington and has faithfully served that congregation as a member of its ministerial team since 2002. He has held several positions in the advocacy and non-profit communities including Senior Religious Advocate for the Children’s Defense Fund and Senior Field Organizer for its Black Community Crusade for Children. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he was a Ford Foundation Scholar, and studied for the ministry at The Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

  • LeVar Jones

    22 – year youth work veteran, minister and advocate, LeVar has committed his life to walking with young people on their developmental journeys. Believing there is innate greatness in each, he has lived and worked with the philosophy of being RELATIONAL and RELEVANT to achieve this goal. His work has taken him to South America, Europe and the Philippines. In December of 2020, he founded Project GoodMen to empower young Black males through inter-generational mentoring and positive self-expression through the arts. He also currently serves as Minister of Youth and Young Adults at The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Southeast Washington, DC. He has completed studies at Prince George’s Community College in Communication Studies. A native Washingtonian, he is an avid at home chef, lover of the arts and animal

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