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President Obama Declares June ‘African-American Music Appreciation 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."
Barack Obama (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Barack Obama (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation, declaring the month of June 2016 as ‘African-American Music Appreciation Month’.

“A vital part of our Nation’s proud heritage,” he wrote, "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. It accompanies us in our daily lives, and it has rung out at turning points in our history and demonstrated how our achievements as a culture go hand-in-hand with our progress as a Nation.”

The President has always been one to express his admiration for music in the past, having stated that Kendrick Lamar's ‘How Much A Dollar Cost’ as his favorite track of 2015. He has also showed love for artists like the Fugees, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Kanye West.

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He went on to say that "songs by African-American musicians span the breadth of the human experience and resonate in every corner of our Nation -- animating our bodies, stimulating our imaginations, and nourishing our souls."

In conclusion, Obama asks "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."

Watch President Obama talk about his favorite music in the video below.


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