"In 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month to turn the spotlight on the rich history and enduring legacy of African American musicians, singers and composers. Black Music Month became the stage to celebrate the huge imprint of African Americans on music across the country and the world.
"Since 1979 other milestones further ingrained Black Music Month into the fabric of this country. In 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration. And in 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month."
(National Museum of African American Music)
Check out the programs Norfolk Public Library is hosting this June for Black Music Month!