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Basic Black Live: African American Spirituality


(Originally broadcast December 16, 2011)

In a season of celebration and reflection for many religions and faiths, Basic Black presents "Sacred: African American Spirituality," a live conversation focusing on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community, and how those beliefs have shaped its culture, politics and history. The show will also look at the rise of Islam amongst African Americans, the increasing adoption of Buddhism and Judaism, and the small but growing community of atheists, agnostics, and non-believers.

This special presentation was simulcast live on both WGBH's World channel and The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from the African American perspective.

Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Dr. Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University; and Dr. Corey D.B. Walker, Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Brown University.