Celebrating Black Music Month
On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter hosted an event on the South Lawn at the White House, featuring performances from the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Andre Crouch, Evelyn “Champagne” King and more. It was on this day that Carter designated June as “Black Music Month”. Fast-forward to June 2, 2009 and African American Music Appreciation Month is born, thanks to President Obama. Obama renamed the holiday to encourage “more activities and programs to raise awareness and foster appreciation of music which is composed, arranged and performed by African Americans”.
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