Episode 300: "A Time for Burning" (part 1)

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Summary: Five years later, the Black Media Archive presents episode 300. We cannot thank our viewers enough for your support for this new media educational endeavor. Please continue to leave your comments, send in emails, and spread the word about this podcast, and we'll keep this podcast alive as long as possible. Thank you for making the BMA such a successful project and pleasure to share with the world. To commemorate our 300th episode, we present to you this gem. "A Time for Burning" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005. "A Time for Burning" is a 1966 American documentary film which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to reach out to "negro" Lutherans in the city's north side. The film was directed by San Francisco filmmaker William C. Jersey, was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards, and introduced America to a young Ernie Chambers. The film was commissioned by the Lutheran Church.