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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Students take a trip through black history by listening to songs from different periods in black culture.

The Albany State University Drama Team and the Anointed Gospel Choir performed for elementary, middle and high school students at South Georgia Regional Achievement Center today.

They sang hymns, old time spirituals and contemporary gospel songs to give students a taste of how music has evolved while keeping the same purpose of telling stories.

Dr. Wendy Coleman said, "All of that comes out of the history of story telling through song and many of the spirituals do just that. They tell stories of struggle, of pain, even of joy and celebration and that's all kids want to do today. When they rap, it might sound crazy to us and we say turn that down, but really, they're just telling their stories and that's what all music does, it tells a story."

Sometimes that story is a life lesson. Once, when the group got off key during a song, they stopped, acknowledged their mistake and started over.

Dr. Wendy Coleman told the students it was a good learning moment. Anytime you make a mistake, you need to correct it and forge ahead.

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