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The History Of Gospel Music In KC

Back in the 1940-60s, Black gospel music gave a voice to people living in troubled times.

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, hear how Kansas City played a prominent role during this period as a crossroads on the legendary gospel highway, and how that tradition continues in communities today.

Joining us in studio will be Nancy Meis (a past guest from our Arts In Prison Show), a gospel singer turned filmmaker. Her documentary in progress is a family project, with contributions from her son Chris Wenske and husband Paul Wenske called, I’m So Glad: Trouble Don’t Last Always: The Story of Kansas City Gospel Music. She'll be joined by subjects of the film, including Gloria Britton-Ellis, choir director at St. James United Methodist Church, Mary Bryson, gospel singer who performs with Alma Whitney in the Whitney Singers, and Genetter Bradley, a longtime gospel singer in our area.

This coming Saturday, March 24th at 6pm at the Community Christian Church at 4601 Main Street, come to a free show featuring KC’s gospel pioneers and other guests.

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