We need to recognize and celebrate Black Music Month this month.
Black Music Appreciation Month
June is Black Music Appreciation Month
Black Music Appreciation Month, which was established by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, honors the Black music influences that are such an important part of our country’s cultural legacy. Black music has shaped our society, entertained and inspired us, and contributed to the writing and telling of our country’s story. Throughout the years, it has revolutionized the way we listen to music while also conserving Black cultural traditions and expressing the unique experiences of the Black community. This month is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the innovative artists of the present and past who continue to inspire us through music.
Ragtime, an American style of syncopated instrumental music, gave birth to jazz. Jazz originated in New Orleans and is frequently associated with Black music innovation. From the dance-oriented music of the 1920’s big-band era to the experimental flare of modern avant-garde jazz, the genre exists in various forms today.
Hip-Hop and Rap
Hip-hop and rap are music genres that are deeply rooted in Black culture. Hip-hop, like jazz, has become a global phenomenon that has influenced the evolution of mass media. Hip-hop music developed a distinct cultural genre, and rap continues to provide a platform for musicians to express themselves and share their thoughts on social and political issues.
Rhythm and Blues
R&B is a stylistic diverse genre with roots in jazz, blues, and gospel music. R&B had helped to popularize the idea of racial integration and spread Black culture. Today, the genre incorporates soul and funk elements.
Rock ‘n Roll
Rock n’ roll music combines elements from all Black music traditions with pop and country music elements from the U.S. In the 1950’s the genre arose in response to the rebellious ambitions of American youth culture.
How to Celebrate Black Music Appreciation Month
1. Stream your favorite Black wrists and musicians.
2. Donate to a music school that teaches Black music.
3. Read up on or watch a documentary about Black Music history.