ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A special showing at the Grandin Theatre on Tuesday night helped demonstrate Black history through story and song.

The Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Roanoke held a screening of the docuseries “Black Church.” The four-hour series from Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. was originally published on PBS, revealing how Black faith and spiritual journeys shaped America.

Dr. Amy Christine Hodge, the pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E., organized the special screening at the Grandin Theatre on Tuesday, May 3. She says she has high hopes for what the series could mean for the future.

“If I could get anything I wanted, it would be that more people came back to the black church,” said Dr. Hodge. “It is our heritage, it is our legacy, it is our hope, it is our dreams, it’s everything that we stood for. all our ancestors. My great-great-grandfather stood in the Black church, for the Black church, a center of hope.”

Dr. Hodge says she believes the church has a lot to offer everyone, adding that its doors are always open.