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WBGO holds engaging panel discussion in advance of the PBS doc 'GOSPEL' with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performs at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 21, 1961
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Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performs at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 21, 1961

PBS and WETA are presenting a four-hour documentary GOSPEL hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. The special doc series premieres on February 12-13 an

d digs deep into the origin story of Black spirituality through sermon and song.

Series Directors/Producers, Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris stand near monitors during an interview between Host, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Rev. Dwight Andrews for GOSPEL in Hampton, VA
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Series Directors/Producers, Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris stand near monitors during an interview between Host, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Rev. Dwight Andrews for GOSPEL in Hampton, VA

In advance of the series, WBGO will hold a panel discussion that will stream live on www.wbgo.org on Thursday, February 8 at 7pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by singer and host of WBGO's "Come Sunday" Lezlie Harrison.

The panelists are:

Shayla Harris is an independent director, who produced and directed GOSPEL, Making Black America and The Black Church with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for PBS.

Dr. William Howard is an American cleric, former college president, community and business leader. He was pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ from 2000-2015.

Reverend Lori Hartman is the Pastor of Brooklyn’s Janes Methodist Church. She is the daughter of Johnny Hartman.

Charlotte Small is a vocalist who teaches Gospel Chorus and Gospel Ensemble at the New School. She’s the wife of Cyrus Chestnut.

The actual GOSPEL show premieres Monday, 2/12 and Tuesday 2/13 at 9pm on PBS.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. poses with
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. poses with Series Directors/Producers Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris, Producer Chelsea Adewunmi and Jekalyn Carr for GOSPEL

You can watch the trailer here.

Each episode is 2 hours.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.