What Is Black Music Month?
In 1979 Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and Dyana Williams implemented a month-long celebration of the impact of black music. These music business insiders pioneered Black Music Month and helped to create a continuous movement of empowerment and appreciation.
On June 7th, 1979 the inspirational group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter into hosting a reception to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music throughout history.
Since that fateful year, Black Music Month has grown from an intimate commemoration to national reach with an abundance of events held annually across the country.
“The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values.”
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