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Basic Black; Funding Faith: Faith-Based Initiatives


MASTER Program #3607 Program Title: Funding Faith: Faith-based Initiatives Producer: Valerie Linson Broadcast Date: 5/19/2005 Length: 26:46 Subject: Government/fath-based programs

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Basic Black
Funding Faith: Faith-Based Initiatives
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

In the black community, the church has often served double duty: saving the soul and nourishing the body.

Through faith-based initiatives, the Bush administration has made it possible for churches and religious organizations to provide more social services. But what are the implications of this partnership between church and community, and what has been the impact on the spiritual, political, and social life of the communities being served?

In this Basic Black conversation, guest host Howard Manly is joined by Reverend William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Harold Sparrow, executive director of the Black Ministerial Alliance.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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