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All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

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“The Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson recorded more than 30 albums and earned a dozen gold records in her lifetime -- all the while ignoring the popular music genre.

Halie, a play written by the Rev. Verna Craighead Green that focuses on Jackson’s early life as a gospel singer, debuts in Columbus this weekend at the Lincoln Theater.

Today on All Sides Weekend with guest host Clare Roth, the legacy of Mahalia Jackson.


  • Rev. Verna Green, playwright
  • Prof. Mark Burford, author of “Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field”
  • Emma Easton, director of gospel choir at CSCC