Singing At Funerals And Cleaning Up Coal Ash On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, for many Black communities, music is an essential component of end-of-life rituals. When a loved one dies, families often call on a singer to perform at a funeral to offer comfort and healing. Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporter Leeshia Lee spoke with her cousin, Michelle Dyess, about being a funeral singer in Charleston.

Also, in this show, the Allegheny Front, based in Pittsburgh, shares its latest story on coal ash cleanup sites.

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