June is African-American Music Appreciation Month

Since 1979, the United States has set aside the month of June to appreciate the musical contributions of its African-American musicians, composers, singers and songwriters. Inspired to celebrate an enduring artform, Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and Dyana Williams pursued creating Black Music Month. On June 7 of that year, President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be Black Music Month. Each year since, Americans have celebrated the iconic music loved by generations.