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By: Camille Pope
Music has been a part of the culture for more than 2000 years. Using the power of songs and singing of hymns sometimes called “Negro spirituals” slaves would sing in the field to take their mind off of their suffering.
Today, genres like jazz, blues, R&B, and Hip-Hop, are amongst many genres that have been created and used by black people to contribute powerful voices that relay emotions and feelings such as pain, anger, love, happiness and many more to the world.
Black music artists have also paved the way for major music trends and many evolving genres that have influenced the present and the future.
Black music artists all throughout history have made groundbreaking records such as Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, JAY Z, Beyonce, Nina Simone and many more.
The historic month known as Black Music Month was named in June 1979, by President Jimmy Carter. The month was formed to celebrate the contributions of black music by black artists and to encourage the idea of black success.
Although the proclamation was made in 1979 by the current president it wasn't until 2000 when the House of Representatives approved the African American Music Bill.
Activist by the name of Dyana Williams and Chakah Fattah worked hard to introduce and persuade the House of Representatives to pass the bill back in 2000.
Now Black Music Month shines a light on all the wonderful classics that African American artists have created.
While some songs are meant to empower, and some are meant to dance to, all forms of black music are a product of a thriving culture that is adopted today by many and will continue to inspire others and the world.