Kw-logo-holiday

African-American Music Appreciation Month

Jun 08, 2012

President Barack Obama has declared June African-American Music Appreciation Month in order to celebrate the rich musical traditional of African Americans in U.S. culture. Find out more about African-American Music Appreciation Month!

History

Originally this holiday was called Black Music Month, and was created by President Jimmy Carter on June 7th 1979, more recently President Barack Obama has updated the holiday by renaming it African-American Music Month in 2009 with this touching statement:

"As a long piece of American culture, music offers a vibrant soundtrack to the story of our people and our Union. At times, when words alone could not bring us together, we have found in melodies and choruses the universal truths of our shared humanity. African-American musicians have left an indelible mark on this tradition, and during African-American Music Appreciation Month, we can pay special tribute to their extra-ordinary contributions".

African-American Music Fun Facts!

  • In 2006 Singer-songwriter/actress Whitney Houston was named the most awarded female of all time by the Guiness World Book of Records
  • Michael Jackson, the ultimate entertainer, was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards in 1984 and won a record-breaking eight. He also a double-inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and still holds the record for most Top 10 singles off an album for Thriller and most number one singles for Bad.
  • King of soul James Brown performed in Boston in a live televised event the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, many people think he prevented riots with his performance.
  • Music composer/producer Quincy Jones has the most Grammy-nominated artist in the history of the awards with 76 nominations and 26 wins!
  • Chuck Berrt’s famous “duck walk” came about during a performance in 1956 where he was trying to hide the wrinkles in his suit by shaking his body out.
  • Beyonce Knowles walked away with 6 Grammy Awards in 2010, the most wins for a female in one night in the history of the event.
  • Singer-songwriter Nat King Cole was the first African-American to host a National TV show, The Nat King Cole Show in 1956.
  • Soul singer Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Musician and Activist Harry Belafonte came up with the idea for “We Are the World”, a hit single to help raise money to relieve famine in Africa. It pulled in over $20 million dollars.

What Can I Do?

If you want to get involved with African-American Music History Month try learning as much as possible (and the best part, listening to as much great music as possible!) Try getting your friends, teachers and classmates involved. The history of 20th century America and beyond is tightly interwoven with its musical tradition. This is a learning and listening adventure that can be fun and educational for everyone, so why not kick off your summer with some classic tunes!

Check out Marvin Gaye's Motown classic "What's Goin' On" below!

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Have Your Say

Who is your favorite African American artist? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

>

readers voted!

Comments

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

APPRECIATE!!
commented: Mon Sep 16, 2013

sophiamaria111
hahaaha watchin hair spray luv it
commented: Sun Apr 21, 2013

Silver Light

Silver Light wrote:

I GOT SOME OF MY CULTURE BIO HERE YEHHHHHHHHHHHHH
commented: Mon Jan 14, 2013

there are 23 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1122567704812

What's Your Fave Type Of Music?

  • Reggae.
  • Hip-Hop.
  • Punk.
  • Pop.

related stories

Micro_cee lo-micro
Cee Lo Green has done it all – rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, you name it! Starting out as ...
Micro_harriet tubman-micro
February is Black History Month, a great time to learn about pivotal people in the history of Afr...
Micro_a mic
Tupac Shakur was one of the greatest rappers ever and his music has influenced today’s hip hop so...
Micro_black_micro
February is Black History Month, a time to remember the African Americans who made countless cont...

Random in the forums

AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
"-Karpov-" wrote:A loaded question is not how you should decide ethical choices Exactly. Those decisions need a bit more objectivity (;
reply 7 minutes
-Karpov-
-Karpov- posted in Debating:
"Aleisha14" wrote:With the DNA analysis techniques and other methods it's not likely that we would wrongly execute anyone and something that would come out of it is the family of the victim feeling a little better and then they may feel they can try and move on and that's something you have to think about, if a member of your family was brutally murdered wouldn't you want the murderer to be executed?? i know i would and i just feel it should come to my country   Forensic science is largely in its infancy and isn't very reliable. Something like ~0.5% of people convicted are convicted wrongly A loaded question is not how you should decide ethical choices
reply 10 minutes
jaymir2cool14
jaymir2cool14 posted in Debating:
DEATH PENALTY MY A$$ TURTURE THEM #######
reply 11 minutes
AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
"Aleisha14" wrote:With the DNA analysis techniques and other methods it's not likely that we would wrongly execute anyone and something that would come out of it is the family of the victim feeling a little better and then they may feel they can try and move on and that's something you have to think about, if a member of your family was brutally murdered wouldn't you want the murderer to be executed?? i know i would and i just feel it should come to my country   You're going to base the life of a potentially innocent man on a "not likely" basis??? No. I wouldn't. Do you even know what it feels like to have a family member murdered? For the first few weeks, oh yes. You want them to die in the worst way possible. But, once you become lucid, you understand what you're actually advocating. If you haven't experienced something yourself, don't say that it is the way that you think it is.
reply 18 minutes
KittySauceGaming
[center][fancypost bgcolor=white bordercolor=orange; orderwidth= ###########################.###########.######################-angel365/animefox.jpg[/fancyimage][font=georgia] Just tesing if this works. I go on WCRPG, and use simple fancyposts. I wonder if this one works on KW!  
reply 27 minutes

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...