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Welcome to GOSPEL

Learn about our planned activities surrounding this latest PBS series. GOSPEL aired on February 12 & 13 on MPT. Watch here.

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Screening + Discussion

Wednesay, January 24 @ 7pm

Get a sneak peek of the new series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that explores the rich history of Black spirituality through sermon and song.

Video Submissions

Now through March 31

We want to hear from you. Break out your phone or camera and record a video telling us what gospel music means to you. Submit your video below.

Gospel Storytellers

Wednesday, March 13 @ 7pm

Join Maryland Public Television and WTMD for an evening with The Legendary Ingramettes. Learn about their music which has spanned six decades.

National Zoom Town Hall

Wednesay, February 7 @ 7pm

PBS and Invisible Hand presents a national virtual event featuring the filmmakers, clips, and a lively discussion.


Friday, February 9 @ 9pm

GOSPEL Live! Presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a concert celebration honoring the legacy of Gospel music in America.

Event Survey

Now through April 5

Did you attend a GOSPEL event or participate in an activity? We would love to hear your feedback. Cick the link below to take a brief survey.


Following the blockbuster success of THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG, a new series, GOSPEL, from acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores Black spirituality through sermon and song. From the blues to hip-hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for over a century. But, while musical styles come and go, there is one sound that has been a constant source of strength, courage, and wisdom. It is a message that resounds from the pulpit to the choir lofts on any given Sunday — one of good news in bad times: gospel. Over the course of four episodes, GOSPEL digs deep into the origin story of Black gospel music that blended the sacred spirituals with the blues tradition and soared to new heights during the Great Migration. Since the time of the sorrow songs, Black sacred music was a cathartic and confidential way to communicate the anger and frustration of living as a Black person in America. Even in the 21st century, gospel continues to evolve and remains a source of cultural affirmation and sustenance, bringing an enduring tradition into the future. The series also traces how preaching styles evolved from the musical “whoopers,” to the slick TV-ready lectures of megachurch pastors. In addition, the documentary explores how class, gender, cultural innovations and consumer technologies — such as records, radio, television and the internet — shaped the development of Black preaching and gospel over the centuries. 

Corporate support for GOSPEL was provided by Bank of America. Major funding support was provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Emerson Collective and the Ford Foundation. Funding was also provided by members of The Inkwell Society and by public television viewers like you.

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