From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.
This is the companion book to the upcoming PBS series.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or coauthored twenty-five books and created twenty-one documentary films, including Finding Your Roots. His PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross earned an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and an NAACP Image Award. This series and his most recent PBS documentary series, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, were both honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
[Originally published on March 25, 2021 via Politics and Prose]