The School of Howard Divinity invites Washington area residents to a special screening of the upcoming CNN documentary “Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7, in the Thurman Chapel at 1400 Shepherd St., NE.

In this 90-minute special, anchor and special correspondent Soledad O‘Brien focuses on how First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, N.J., is helping its 7,000 members survive the worst financial crisis since the Depression.

Americans, particularly African Americans, have been hammered by the recent recession. Poverty rates and unemployment among African Americans have soared. The special explores one church’s effort to fulfill a traditional role of black churches in times of crisis, from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.

The special airs Oct. 21. CNN is asking for feedback from viewers during these special screenings on whether the documentary strikes the right balance and tone. The school invites residents to voice their opinions about the documentary.

Following the screening, a panel will discuss debt and how churches and religion can help the African-American community overcome the current crushing recession.Included on the panel are School of Divinity Professors Harold Dean Trulear, and Kenyatta Gilbert and Professor Sandra Crewe of the School of Social Work. Rounding out the panel are Dustin Baker, a third year master of divinity student, and Wheeler Winstead, a Ph.D. candidate in African studies.

For more information, contact Lawanza Spears at 202.806.0739 or l_spears@howard.edu.