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Celebrate Black History Month with WOUB, Ohio University, community partners for screening of 'GOSPEL' plus musical performances

WOUB Public Media at Ohio University is partnering with the Southeast Ohio History Center, the Mount Zion Black Cultural Center, and the Ohio University School of Music to celebrate Black History Month with a screening of PBS’s “GOSPEL.” The docuseries explores the rich history of Black spirituality through sermon and song, from executive producer, host, and writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

In “GOSPEL”, Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, 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.

The series features interviews with notable names including Dionne Warwick, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, Rev. Otis Moss III, and Professor Michael Eric Dyson, as well as awe-inspiring musical performances of Gospel favorites “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus,” “Total Praise,” and others from talents including The Belle Singers, Cory Henry, Celisse, and more.

The event will be held on Feb. 10, at the Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State Street, in Athens. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the screening, there will be performances by Ohio University’s Singing Men of Ohio, Kezia Waters and Dr. Patricia Cambridge. The event is free and open to the public.

The series will premiere on WOUB Feb. 12 and 13, 2024, with a special companion concert premiering Feb. 9.

January 29, 2024
Staff reports