The United States has been celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month in June since 1979. The month of June is set aside to appreciate the contributions of African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters in American culture. In Pittsburgh, events are scheduled as part of the celebration.
The United States has been celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month in June since 1979. The month of June is set aside to appreciate the contributions of African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters in American culture. The month honors the history and rich African traditions that gave birth to different styles of music such as rap, hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, barbershop, and swing. It is also the month to celebrate creative inspiration and appreciate the impact that African-American music has had on generations of performers and music lovers! From tales of slavery and racism and fighting for their basic human rights to finding their heritage and values in their lyrics, Black music covers a vast range of topics that have great significance for this community. Over the years, we have seen Black musicians reach great heights, not only on official music record charts but also at entertainment award ceremonies. While President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month in 1979, it wasn’t until 2000 when the presidential proclamation for the month was signed. President Barack Obama, in 2009, went on to rename the month from Black Music Month to its current name, African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Blues is born from the racial oppression and the struggles Black people faced, take a look at the timeline of key events.
Donate an instrument to a school, stream your favorite artists, here is some ideas on how to celebrate Black Music Month.
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Celebrate the history and heritage of Black Music in America July 13-15, 2023, at this free festival
Music Lovers, get ready for the 2023 Pittsburgh Black Music Festival on July 13-15 at Point State Park and Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. The 2023 Festival is free.
The City of Pittsburgh is a world-renowned hub for Jazz Music and the birthplace of internationally renown Jazz Artist such as: George Benson, Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Roger Humphries, Joe Negri, Ahmad Jamal and countless more.
July 13 - Jazz Tribute Day
July 14 - Gospel Tribute Day
July 15 - RnB-Soul Tribute Day
For more information on the 2023 Black Music Festival and Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Celebration, please visit their website.