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APS Students Celebrate Black History Month With Song

Feb 28, 2017

It's Black History Month, and some Atlanta Public Schools students celebrated recently with a civil rights anthem.

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Young singers from Bunche Middle School, Boyd Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School gathered at Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, one of the oldest historically black congregations in the country, and sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Children first performed that song more than a century ago on what would have been Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  It's become known as the Black National Anthem.

The performance was in collaboration with Emory University’s Civic and Community Engagement department and the Graduation Generation program, a group effort aimed at improving students' academic performance.  Steven Darsey of Meridian Herald conducted.

WABE's Amy Kiley stopped by the APS students' performance.  She asked the kids what the song means to them today.  Click on the audio at the top of this page to hear the music along with the students' perspectives, or click below to hear the children sing the whole song.