AIB Special Presentations

The AIB Network broadcasts Special Presentations as a forum to highlight significant cultural events, community organizations and contemporary issues. For specific air times and dates of AIB special presentations please contact our office at (404)892-0454 or e-mail at


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AIB Network premieres SHELTER from Vice Documentary Films, executive producer Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and the Peabody award-winning Renaud Brothers. SHELTER tells the raw and emotional stories of the brave young people as they seek help and hope at Covenant House.

Dr. Watkins for Out of Egypt I Called My Son: A Son’s Journey Black to Africa

When Rev. Dr. Ralph Watkins travels to Egypt, he is not only drawn as a pastor, theologian and scholar, but as a son of Africa, pulled by a deep connection to his ancestral homeland. He yearns to understand Gospel passages that place Jesus in ancient Egypt, a land known as Kemet, and to step foot on the land itself, to more fully understand and illuminate for others the African roots of Christianity. Join Dr. Watkins for Out of Egypt I Called My Son: A Son’s Journey Black to Africa, a documentary that follows his pilgrimage down the Nile River and inside ancient temples and pyramids. Through his video memoir and spiritual travelogue, we not only experience the journey first-hand, but are also invited to reconcile how contemporary and ancient worlds intersect, and to grapple with what it means to embody holiness in our everyday lives, far from the geography and culture where our spiritual history took root.

Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. Reflections on His Legacy

Who was Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. beyond Atlanta's first African-American mayor? Find out, from those who worked closest with him before and after his three terms as a groundbreaking leader whose legacy reaches far beyond Atlanta and far beyond his lifetime. Based on interviews conducted by Shirley Franklin, Atlanta's first female mayor, you'll hear anecdotes and stories that reveal Jackson's unique character, and dispel the myths that often surrounded him, to showcase the passion he had for the city he led. br>

An Interview with Judge Thelton Henderson 

Judge Thelton Henderson was the first African American staff attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Years later, he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by President Jimmy Carter. Over the course of 37 years on the bench, he presided over numerous high-profile cases, appointed a receiver to oversee the health care services of California’s prison system, and worked to reform the Oakland Police Department through a consent decree. At Stanford University Law School, he designed and ran a successful minority recruitment program. About six weeks before the judge stepped down, he was interviewed by Lowell Bergman, the distinguished investigative reporter who has known the judge for many years. Bergman, a producer for "60 Minutes,” teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. In this interview, Judge Henderson reflects on his life, including his abrupt firing from the Justice Department stemming from an encounter with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The AIB Spirit Awards 

The AIB Spirit Awards recognizes and honors individuals and organizations that are touching lives, improving the community and making a difference. On this AIB special presentation we look to some inspirational moments from past AIB programs that spotlight award winners. We hope you find them informative and inspirational as the AIB network marks the upcoming 2018 Allen Awards celebrating one voice, one community.


What is the poverty crisis and how does it affect my life? Voiceless: A Documentary on Systemic Poverty examines the poverty crisis and gives us a first-hand account on what it looks like to be poor in the U.S.. As Terence Lester walks from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington D.C. to raise awareness for this issue, he interviews experts and those experiencing poverty themselves along the way. The documentary follows Lester’s unique journey and those of five people and their struggle with poverty. The film will leave the viewer changed, asking "How they can I make a difference?".

Journey into Europe

World-renowned anthropologist and Islamic scholar Ambassador Akbar Ahmed explores the history and impact of Islam in Europe. This film crosses the European continent from the United Kingdom to Bosnia, hearing from some of its most prominent figures and everyday people as we Journey into Europe.

The Cake Lady

AIB is proud to bring you the heart-warming story, The Cake Lady, an award-winning film that tells the story of 88-year-old Fay Tenenbaum, as she’s poised to leave the home in Atlanta where she'd raised her children and held the weekly Sabbath dinners for extended family. It was a transition into living arrangements for an elderly loved one that many families face and, in this documentary created by Fay's granddaughter Brittany, viewers have the rare opportunity to witness first-hand challenging journey. Audiences also watch Fay maintain her sense of humor while keeping her tradition of baking and giving away her signature pound cake to her community of neighbors, community civil servants and local business owners.

The Dinner Architect 

“The Dinner Architect” is a "you are there" culinary adventure that chronicles the engaging, fun, warm, adorable Chef Juan Montier, and his wife and business partner, Judith Montier, as they create a one night pop up dinner. With the flavor of a documentary, "The Dinner Architect" provides an immersive "edutainment" journey taking viewers behind the scenes and allowing them to experience firsthand the fun and the challenge of pulling together the event, from conception to implementation. Throughout the show, Chef Juan shares his food philosophy, as well as his culinary and artistic talents. view as he provides viewers with food and décor tips the home cook can easily implement.

Church Twinning 

Join celebrants in the chapel of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta in honor of the 36th anniversary of partnering churches in the United States with churches in Africa, the Caribbean and South America.  This nonprofit outreach ministry, known as “Church Twinning International”, celebrates another milestone with uplifting songs and remarks by Barbara Harrison with the King Center and church twinning co-founder, Rev. Sidney Holston.

The Quest for Truth in a Technological Age:
The Evolving Dialogue Between Science & Religion

John Cressler, PhD, one of Georgia Tech's most highly decorated professors, discusses why the dialogue between science and religion is capable of producing the most complete and satisfying path forward in humanity’s quest for truth. In this Special Presentation, held before a standing-room-only audience on the Georgia Tech campus, Dr. Cressler reflects on the marvels of modern science (cosmology, biology, quantum theory) and what those discoveries mean for religion and the future of humanity.