There's a lot of stuff going on in the month of June besides Juneteenth and Father's Day. Did you know that June is known as "Black Music Month" or "African American Music Appreciation Month"?

 

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage.

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According to CNN, the celebration is reestablished annually by presidential proclamation. Jimmy Carter hosted the first celebration for Black musicians at the White House in 1979 with performances from Chuck Berry, Billy Eckstine and others. Recently, President Joe Biden in his proclamation, noted that "throughout the decades and across the country, Black music has fueled a myriad of genres -- from rhythm and blues to jazz, gospel, country, rap and more."

Melz On The MIC And Other East Texas Radio Personalities Were Featured In A Story About Black Music Month On CBS19.

When America was still racially segregated, black artists and musicians often had trouble getting their songs played on "white owned" radio stations despite some of these artists have hit songs that crossed over. Sometimes, songs done by black artists were "remade" by white artists so they could get play. Therefore "black radio" stations were created out of a necessity to showcase our music. Now when you check the charts, no matter the genre, you'll find an African American influence somewhere in the music. And that's why we don't just celebrate Black Music Month, we celebrate Black music EVERYDAY.

Our Sincere Thanks To Ashley French Of CBS19 For Including Us In This Feature. You Can Read More About It Here!

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