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Episode 5: Inheritors of the Faith
As the civil rights movement seemed to stall, the movement's Christian tenets came under fire. The "Christian consensus" in the black community splintered. Theologians felt challenged to answer the critique of groups like the Nation of Islam. One, James Cone, answered that challenge by developing a black liberation theology, in which Jesus fought on the side of the oppressed.

Inheritors of the Faith follows the journeys of other African-Americans who sought a spiritual experience outside of Christianity, in the traditions of Islam and Yoruba. It plots the growth of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Elijah Muhammad. After his death, his son, Warith, made a departure from his father's teachings and led the Nation of Islam towards a more orthodox Islamic practice.

Yoruba is a spiritual tradition that originated in West Africa. It pre-dates Christianity. Yoruba worshipers find a means of gaining strength and spirituality from within.


Producer

Valerie A. Linson has been an associate producer and researcher in documentary films for more than ten years. Her credits include: W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices; Signal to Noise: Television Inside Out; Free to Dance (a historical exploration of black modern dance); Soldiers Without Swords; The Black Press (winner of a 1999 DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award and the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Awards), and Bill Moyers's On Our Own Terms: Dying in America.

Credits
PRODUCED, DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY:
Valerie Linson

EDITOR:
Jean-Philippe Boucicaut

NARRATED BY:
Lorraine Toussaint

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:
Carol Bash

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Orlando Bagwell
Michael Chin
Christian Loubek

ORIGINAL MUSIC:
Waldron Ricks

SOUND RECORDISTS:
John Cameron
Mario Cardenas
Lance Douglas
Caleb Mose
J.T. Takagi

ASSISTANT CAMERA:
Dwayne Boyd
Janice Burgess
Jody Williams

GAFFERS/GRIPS:
Steve Gill
Steve McGehee

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS:
Britt Wahlin
Myron Alexander
Michael Beckett
Paulette Cason
Brian Johnson
Thomas Keane
Malkia Lydia
Jean Marc Madelon
Paulina Villarroel

INTERNS:
Tanya Ellis
Angela Gianforcaro
Sarah Heine
Karen McCauley
Larry Gatewood
Julia Wyman

RESEARCHERS:
Sheila Maniar
Polly Pettit

ACADEMIC ADVISORS:
Gerald Gill
Larry Mamiya

ASSISTANT EDITORS:
James Balls
Barnard Jaffier

ONLINE EDITOR:
Shady Hartshorne

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION:
Heart Punch Studio, Inc.

FILM TRANSFERS:
Medallion-PFA Film & Video

TRANSCRIPTION:
Johanna Kovitz

ARCHIVES:
ABC News Archives
African American Images / Joseph Evans and Fernando Arizti
AP/Wide World Photos
ґ Bettmann/CORBIS
John Bilal
California Newsreel
CBC Television Archives
CBS News Archives
Chicago Defender
Dr. James H. Cone
Historic Films
ITN Archive
Matt Herron/Take Stock
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Los Angeles Times
Shakir Mahmoud
Brother Muhammad
National Archives and Records Administration
NBC News Archives
The New York Times / Nathaniel Sheppard, Jr. and Paul Delaney
Gordon Parks
Bob Adelman, Eve Arnold, and Don Charles/Magnum Photos Inc.
Dr. Abdul Salaam
Ni'Mat Abdus Samad
Hasan Sharif
Klytus Smith
SoundVision.com, Inc.
Thirteen/WNET New York
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Mike Wallace
Minister Woodrow
W.D.M. Ministry Publications
WGBH-TV Boston

SPECIAL THANKS:
Marcus Barrett
Lillian Baulding
Claude Clegg
Julia Elliott
Patricia Garcia-Rios
Harvey Islamic Center, Harvey, Illinois.
Islamic Center of Boston
Rafiq Kalam Id-Din
Imam Darnell Karim
Ngina Muhammad
The Linson Family
Anne Palmer
Afi Scruggs




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