President Obama is giving Black Music a well-deserved national spotlight.
The POTUS recently declared June the official African-American Music Appreciation Month in a "presidential proclamation" posted to the White House website last week and he had much to say about the importance of Black music in U.S. history.
"A vital part of our Nation's proud heritage, African-American music exemplifies the creative spirit at the heart of American identity and is among the most innovative and powerful art the world has ever known," he stated.
"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. "
In closing, the President placed a call to action, summoning our nation's leaders, educators and influencers to honor Black Music Month with planned activities and celebrations highlighting the many contributions of African-Americans in music.
"I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans."
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