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PBS spotlights the Black Church

Henry Louis Gates hosts

OW Staff Writer | 2/3/2021, 4:45 p.m.
PBS SoCal is honoring of Black History Month...
Henry Louis Gates Jr.

PBS SoCal and KCET have announced a programming slate in honor of Black History Month. Both stations will showcase a lineup of programs to help viewers increase awareness and understanding of racial history in America.

One of those programs, “THE BLACK CHURCH: “This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be the focus of a series of virtual events – both locally and nationally. Local viewers will have the opportunity to attend one of two events. The first, will prompt interested viewers to send in a video of them singing along with a classic recorded gospel song, with select clips shared at an upcoming event featuring a discussion centered around the modern gospel music’s history in Los Angeles. A second event will feature an archival deep dive to examine the untold history of the Black Church in Los Angeles, with panelists sharing relevant stories in a community storytelling style screening.

The goal of the virtual events is to tell a story of community and hope in this unique time in American history. More details on both regional events will be available at pbssocal.org/BlackHistoryMonth.

The four-hour, two-part series “THE BLACK CHURCH: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” from executive producer, host and writer Gates, traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America. Part one airs at 9 p.m. Feb. 16.

Visit kcet.org/tv-talk/celebrate-black-history-month-2021-pbs-socal-kcet for the month’s full schedule.