February 1, 2024

As Part of the National PBS ‘Gospel’ Premiere, MPB Hosts Special Screenings in Jackson, Natchez

Therese Apel

“Gospel,” a new four-hour docuseries that explores the rich history of Black spirituality through sermon and song from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres Feb. 12-13 at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

In support of the national premiere, MPB has partnered with two Mississippi churches – New Horizon Church International in Jackson and New Hope The Vision Center in Natchez – to host public screening events. The Natchez screening is Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. The Jackson screening is Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending can register at mpbonline.org.

MPB also has produced original gospel-themed, local programming that will air ahead of the national film premiere:

  • On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., MPB will premiere “Hallelujah: A Celebration of Mississippi Gospel,” a one-hour program featuring several choirs, including the Mississippi Mass Choir. The footage was captured during a 2022 Juneteenth celebration at New Horizon Church.
  • A special companion radio documentary will air on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on MPB Think Radio and be available as a podcast download. The radio special includes interviews with Jerry Mannery, executive director of the Mississippi Mass Choir; Doug Williams of the Williams Brothers gospel group, and gospel singer Lannie Spann McBride.
  • Mississippi Edition will air interviews with “Gospel” filmmakers Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris on MPB Think Radio at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

More information about the national film premiere activities and the MPB original programming can be found here.

For more information on MPB, visit www.mpbonline.org. Find all MPB press releases here.

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