President Obama announces that June will be officially known as “African-American Music Appreciation Month.” The initiative originally came about in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter’s administration and was called “Black Music Month.” President Obama has decided to change the name and proclaim it has “African-American Music Appreciation Month.”
An excerpt of the proclamation states:
Songs by African-American musicians span the breadth of the human experience and resonate in every corner of our Nation—animating our bodies, stimulating our imaginations, and nourishing our souls. In the ways they transform real stories about real people into art, these artists speak to universal human emotion and the restlessness that stirs within us all. African-American music helps us imagine a better world, and it offers hope that we will get there together.
This month, we celebrate the music that reminds us that our growth as a Nation and as people is reflected in our capacity to create great works of art. Let us recognize the performers behind this incredible music, which has compelled us to stand up—to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.
President Obama’s has expressed his appreciation for African-American music on numerous occasions. POTUS has mentioned that he is a fan of Kendrick Lamar and that he also listens to Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Mos Def. It seems that Obama his ending his term with a bang!