NET Hosts Virtual Screening to Explore the History of Black Churches in Omaha

News Release Date: 
February 12, 2021

For Immediate Release

NET Hosts Virtual Screening to Explore the History of Black Churches in Omaha

LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 12, 2021) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is exploring the history of Black churches in Omaha and how they continue to shape the community today in a free virtual screening and discussion event at 4 p.m. CT, Thursday, Feb. 25.

The event includes a screening of portions of the two-part PBS series “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” as well as a virtual panel discussion with local community members. Registration is required at

Panelists include:

Pastor Kenneth Allen - Zion Baptist Church in Omaha.

Ra’Daniel Arvie - University of Nebraska-Lincoln student and Assistant Director of Choirs & Praise Team at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Omaha.

Gloria Epps - adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and retired Omaha Public Schools teacher.

Jade Rogers - adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The House of Afros, Capes & Curls in Omaha.

“The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” airs at 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17 on NET.

Hosted by historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., the film reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change. It traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

“The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song” is a production of McGee Media, InkwellMedia and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Get Lifted. Major corporate support is provided by Johnson &Johnson. Major support is also provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

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CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521,


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