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Tell Us: How Has The Black Church Influenced Who You Are Today?

Jessica Diaz-Hurtado
Pastor Cedric B. West stands in front of the Ark of God Revival Temple in West Dallas.

The Black church as an institution has shaped and transformed the lives of many.

Members of the faith community have been some of the key leaders in the civil rights movement, fight for social justice and addressing inequalities that disproportionately affect Black people.

In North Texas, our church leaders have helped close the racial inequalities in COVID-19 tests and vaccine distribution. They’ve also joined the fight onenvironmental racial justice as seen with the tear down of Shingle Mountain. Plus, they’ve pushed for reparations for those lives that have been lost to gun violence and police brutality like renaming Lamar Street to Botham Jean Boulevard.

The impact the Black church has had nationwide and in North Texas is hard to ignore. On Feb. 16 PBS will release a two-part series revealing the broad history and culture of the Black church and exploring African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song | Extended Trailer

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song interviews with Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Bishop Michael Curry, Cornel West, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Rev. Al Sharpton.

Ahead of the premiere, KERA News wants to know: How has the Black church influenced who you are today?

Fill out the form below and a reporter will contact you.

Got a tip? Alejandra Martinez is a Report For America corps member and writes about the economic impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities for KERA News. Email Alejandra at You can follow Alejandra on Twitter @_martinez_ale.

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Alejandra Martinez is a reporter for KERA and The Texas Newsroom through Report for America (RFA). She's covering the impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities and the city of Dallas.