A Black gospel choir dressed in black clothing sings and claps their hands under dim lighting during a performance.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s ‘Gospel’ explores Black religious expression Feb. 12-13

January 29, 2024 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

Explore the rich history of Black spirituality through sermon and song with the new docuseries, Gospel.

The two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates Jr. airs 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13. It will also be available to stream on the free PBS App.

A special companion concert, Gospel Live! Presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr., premieres 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

From the blues to hip hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for more than a century. Musical styles come and go, but there is one sound that has been a constant source of strength, courage and wisdom from the pulpit to the choir lofts on any given Sunday: gospel.

In the film, Gates speaks with dozens of clergymen, singers and scholars about their connection to the music that has transcended its origins and now spreads “the good word” all around the world.

Gospel is more than the soundtrack of the African American experience, “it’s the beating heart and soul,” Gates said. “From the Great Migration to today, the history of Black gospel music and preaching is one of constant movement, and it’s long been a dream of mine to bring it to public television.”

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