African American’s Contributions to Music Culture Explored….

Robert Johnson ~ Robert Johnson Foundation
Robert Johnson ~ Robert Johnson Foundation

 Did you know June is African-American Music Appreciation Month?   This month thirty years ago, President Jimmy Carter, spurred by the songwriter and record producer Kenny Gamble, designated June as Black Music Month.  And a quarter century later, former President Bush and now President Barak Obama has issued  a proclamation to show appreciation of African American’s contributions to America’s music culture.  

  “The legacy of African-American composers, singers, songwriters, and musicians is an indelible piece of our Nation’s culture. Generations of African Americans have carried forward the musical traditions of their forebears…” To read more…. 

  Locally, the  BURNING WORD CAFE located in the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Cultural Center, 2180 Freedom Avenue in Mims,  is celebrating the entire month with performances and seminars from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and admission is absolutely free! 

This year, the center will explore the history of jazz with a timeline that chronicles highlights of its evolution, including videos and music.  On Monday’s, the Cafe also hosts interactive activities.  For more information, visit the Center’s official website.


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