Originally created as Black Music Month in 1979 by US President Jimmy Carter, the name of this annual celebration was changed in 2009 by President Barack Obama who said African-American music and musicians have helped the country “to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.” (1)
For Further Reading
- “Black Music Month” posted at BET (http://www.bet.com : viewed 31 May 2017.)
- Black Music Month Celebration Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com : viewed 31 May 2017.)
- “The Music of Uncle Jed’s Barbershop (A New Family Musical)” posted by Margaree K. Mitchell. (http://margareekmitchell.com : viewed 31 May 2017.)
IMAGE: AdobeStock_94312210, music series in the form of heart, licensed to Pat Richley-Erickson.
(1) “Presidential Proclamation — African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2016, Barack Obama, The White House, May 31, 2016. (http://whitehouse.gov : viewed 31 May 2017.)