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Andrea Corredor

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

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Nick Arroyo for the Atlanta Music Festival

The Atlanta Music Festival begins Nov. 14.  It features days of workshops and performances to celebrate the region's musical and cultural heritage with a focus on African-American traditions.

The Atlanta Music Festival will culminate with a gala concert.  Singer Jessye Norman will perform, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch will also take part.

Seth Martin / Meridian Herald

Most modern Christians don't encounter “camp meetings,” except as occasional words in hymns and choral works, but camp meetings were actual Protestant gatherings that were popular in rural America in the 19th Century. 

These meetings would last for days and feature preachers, music and, of course, camping.  One Methodist bishop noted about 400 camp meetings, from Georgia to Michigan, in the early 1800s, and other denominations held them too.