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The Black Church Initiative

Submit your story today!

We are asking members of churches in the community to record and share a video that is five minutes or less about what the black church means to them. As a part of the outreach, please consider answering the following questions to guide the conversation:

Sample Video
Sample Questions
  • “What role has the Black Church played in your life?”
  • "What role does the Black Church serve in the community?"
  • "What does the Black Church mean to you?"
  • "What impact does the Black Church have in the lives of black women?"
  • "What is your fondest memory of church?"
  • "How has being a part of the Black Church impacted your life?"
  • "What do you wish people knew about the Black Church?"

Stories will be collected until February 28 and archived in the Florida Collection at the Jacksonville Public Library.

If you would like to share any photos or additional written stories, please email blackchurch@wjct.org.


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