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Sacred: African American Spirituality (#4306)

Christianity has been at the root of African American life for centuries. In fact, it has shaped the identity of the black community both individually and collectively. And throughout time, some African Americans walked a spiritual path towards Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. And yet still others have departed completely from a belief in a god to embrace atheism and humanism. As we enter the Christmas season, this live Basic Black conversation is a focus on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community and how those beliefs have shaped our culture, politics, and history. What is the "Black Church" and is it still relevant? What does it mean for Africans Americans to believe and not believe in the 21st century?
Our panelists in conversation will be Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College; and Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH radio. Two additional guests will be named at a later date.
Viewers will be able to watch the live broadcast on television and online. The broadcast will also be accompanied by a live chat, so viewers can comment and ask questions during and after the broadcast. The live online stream and chat can be accessed beginning at 7:15pm (Eastern) at www.basicblack.org. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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