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African American Sacred Music

Documentaries and Films

Say Amen, Somebody

This is the full 1982 film that opens the doors on the great Chicago and St. Louis African American gospel scene, focusing on two of the movement’s pioneering forces, Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie May Ford Smith. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Through Many Dangers

Through Many Dangers, the Story of Gospel Music, a documentary from the BBC on the history of gospel music from its West African slave roots to its widespread influence on popular music across the world today. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Rejoice and Shout

A film by Don McGlynn that covers 200 years of musical history of African American Christianity.
(1-3/4 hours)