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Black Music Month

Black Music Appreciation Month is an annual celebration of African-American music in the United States. It was initiated as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of Black music.

In 2009, the commemoration was given its current name by President Barack Obama. In his 2016 proclamation, Obama noted that African-American music and musicians have helped the country "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".

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  • Ma Rainey

    Ma Rainey

    Mother of the Blues

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    Ma Rainey was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record. The "Mother of the Blues", she bridged earlier vaudeville and the authentic expression of southern blues.

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  • The Clark Sisters

    The Clark Sisters

    2-Time Grammy Award Winner

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    The Clark Sisters are an American gospel vocal group consisting of five sisters: Jacky Clark Chisholm, Denise Clark Bradford, Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. The Clark Sisters have won three Grammy Awards.

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  • Della Reese

    Della Reese

    3-Time Grammy Award Nominee

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    Della Reese is an American nightclub, jazz, gospel and pop singer, film and television actress, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister, whose career had spanned six decades. She had also appeared as a guest on several talk shows.

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    Sarah Dash

    Member, Labelle and Member, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

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    Sarah Dash's first notable appearance was as a member of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles. Dash has had a full career, moving from singer, to songwriter and session musician for famous bands that include Labelle, The Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards.

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  • Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston

    6-Time Grammy Award Winner

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    In 2009, Guinness World Records cited Whitney Houston her as the most awarded female act of all time. She is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170 - 200 million records sold worldwide.

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    Dionne Warwick

    5-Time Grammy Award Winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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    Dionne Warwick is a 5-time Grammy Award winning legend. She is an American singer, actress, and television show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

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    Sonny Turner

    Former Lead Singer, The Platters

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    Sonny Turner is best known for replacing Tony Williams as lead singer of The Platters. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including four no. 1 hits, and were, for a period of time, the most successful vocal group in the world.

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    Melba Moore

    Tony Award Winner and 4-Time Grammy Award Nominee

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    American R&B singer and actress Melba Moore is a 4-time Grammy Award nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

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  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    King of Pop

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    Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the "King of Pop", his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture.

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  • Boyz II Men

    Boyz II Men

    4-Time Grammy Award Winner

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    Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris, alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman.

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  • Sounds of Blackness

    Sounds of Blackness

    3-Time Grammy Award Winner and Emmy Award Nominee

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    Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy Award winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who perform music from several genres music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz.

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  • The Sugarhill Gang

    The Sugarhill Gang

    Grammy Hall of Fame Winner

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    The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip-hop group, known mostly for its 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight", the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses an interpolation of the instrumental track from the hit "Good Times".

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