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Bishop Edgar Vann on the Black Church

Orlando Bailey of BridgeDetroit visits Second Ebenezer Church to talk with its senior pastor, Bishop Edgar Vann, about the specific needs his church is addressing in 2021.

This is a part of a yearlong series on the black church in Detroit, produced in partnership with the ecumenical theological seminary and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history. Today, we’re looking at the important role of the black church in the community. Historically, churches have served as a foundation for African Americans by meeting their religious, economic, social, and cultural needs.

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