“Soul of a Nation” will focus on faith in its next episode with special guest host and six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter BeBe Winans. The episode will look at the state of the Black church, the intersection of faith and abortion and examine the role of forgiveness in the Black community. Winans, ABC News’ Linsey Davis, Sunny Hostin, Byron Pitts, Deborah Roberts and David Scott lead the hour. It will feature an exclusive interview with television personality and comedian Nick Cannon, a conversation with Botham Jean’s family, and two survivors of the Mother Emanuel mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
The faith-focused episode of “Soul of a Nation” includes the following stories and conversations:
• Pitts examines the history of the Black church and the role it currently plays in the Black community as struggles for racial justice persist in these divided times. Through discussions with Baltimore pastors Harold Carter Jr. (New Shiloh Baptist Church), Heber Brown III (Pleasant Hope Baptist Church), Bishop Walter Scott Thomas (New Psalmist Baptist Church) and activist Lady Brion, viewers will learn about the past, the present and the future of the church.
• Roberts takes an in-depth look at the intersection of faith and politics on the issue of abortion. This segment features interviews with St. Louis pastor Michelle Higgins (St. John’s – The Beloved Community); Kawanna Shannon, a St. Louis Planned Parenthood worker who says she’s a devout Christian; and Cherilyn Holloway, an activist who believes that Black Lives Matter, but that the fight should also include Black lives that have yet to be born.
• Featuring interviews with Polly Sheppard and Felicia Sanders, two survivors of the Mother Emanuel mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; members of Botham Jean’s family including Brandt Jean and Allisa Charles-Findley; and senior pastor at Mt. Zion AME Church Dr. Kylon Middleton. Scott investigates the complicated relationship between Black Americans and forgiveness in the wake of violence.
• Hostin moderates this week’s “In the Kitchen” conversation with African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of “The Devil You Know” Charles Blow, and humanitarian and author of “Message to the Millineals” Rizza Islam about the mix of faiths in the Black community.
• In his first network interview since the fallout over making anti-Semitic comments and espousing conspiracy theories, Cannon sits down with Davis to discuss his journey towards atonement, education and self-improvement.
• Musical performance to be announced.