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The Question of Faith in Contemporary Black Life
February 18, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Forum is pleased to join with Columbia University’s Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS) to present The Question of Faith in Contemporary Black Life, a virtual event coinciding with the release of a new Pew Research Center study, Faith Among Black Americans. The study, which will be published on February 16th, is the Center’s most comprehensive, in-depth attempt to explore religion among Black Americans. Its centerpiece is a first-of-its-kind nationally representative survey of 8,660 Black adults featuring questions designed to examine a range of Black religious experiences.
The February 18th launch event, which will be livestreamed by The Forum, will be the first public review of this important work. Two of the study’s lead researchers, Besheer Mohamed and Kiana Cox, will open the event with a presentation of their key findings. They will be joined by a panel of speakers for a roundtable discussion moderated by Professor Josef Sorett of Columbia University. The conversation will examine the significance of the study for understanding the current landscape of religion in Black life and in the nation as a whole. An audience Q&A session will conclude the evening’s program.
Notably, the Pew study will be published on the same day that a new PBS series, The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This is Our Song, will also debut. The two-part series from renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will serve as a timely complement to this roundtable discussion of the new Pew study.
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