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The Black Church & the Black Family (1986)




Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-11-30

Duration: 00:25:42

Subjects: African American churches | Religion | African American families


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Haynes, L.L., Jr. Panelist
  • Smith, Charles Panelist


This episode of the series “Folks” from November 30, 1986, features Rob Hinton leading a panel discussion on the role of the black church in fostering the black family. The panelists are Reverend L.L. Haynes, Jr. of Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge and Reverend Charles Smith of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They discuss: the current statistics related to the black family; the role of the black church in the African American community; the traditional relationship between the church and the black family; the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the church; the church’s role in addressing the unique problems of African Americans; the church’s stance on single-parent families; and the church’s role in promoting the family.