gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials and Faith Conversation

The rise of the “spiritual but not religious” designation has in deed led to a decline of millennial participation in mainline religious traditions with many questioning the relevance, mission, and overall purpose of organized religion in the 21st century.

Advertisement card for the Holiness Youth Crusade in Detroit, Michigan

Advertisement card for the Holiness Youth Crusade in Detroit, Michigan, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

According to the 2015 Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center, American millennials or those born between the years 1981 and 1996, are less religious than older Americans. The study affirms that millennials are less likely to ascribe to traditional forms of religious observance, but remain religious in their own right. They are finding and creating new spaces to have different kinds of conversations that are not offered in traditional religious contexts.

Digital image of protesters praying

Digital image of protesters praying, Collection of the Smitonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Jermaine Gibbs.

Jermaine Gibbs

Watch gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials And Faith Conversation Series

The gOD-Talk Series

gOD-Talk is a multi-city project that will have programming through 2019 and will culminate with the production of a feature documentary film and corresponding oral histories to be released and available for accessioning into the museum’s collection.

Social Media Toolkit

gOD-Talk is a groundbreaking project spearheaded by the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with Pew Research Center which seeks to:

  • Uncover how millennials interact with religion and the transformative nature of community, the internet, and space.
  • Amplify leading millennial voices including activists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, academicians, religious leaders, and politicians by creating a space for their experiences to be shared and documented.
  • Create an opportunity for religious organizations and leaders, researchers, and engaged citizens to better understand the dynamic ways Black millennials engage with religion.

By using a lower case "g" for the word "gOD' we are highlighting the ways in which this project will "transgress" traditional boundaries and literal designations of that which is considered scared.

gOD-Talk Atlanta 2018

gODTalk Atlanta 2018
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group
Jaxon Photo Group

gOD-Talk Los Angeles 2018

BK Freeman Photography & Design
BK Freeman Photography & Design
BK Freeman Photography & Design
BK Freeman Photography & Design
BK Freeman Photography & Design
BK Freeman Photography & Design

Social Media Engagement

 Tag @nmaahc and use #BlackFaith and #gODTalk to join the social conversation.