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African American History

This guide features resources for African American history research.

Black Music Month

"Black Music Month is observed each June to celebrate African-American influences on American music. Since its creation in the late 1970s, radio, television, electronic media, music publishing, and recording industries, schools, libraries, and other institutions have marked the month with gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, rap, hip hop, reggae, and many other musical genres that have their roots in African and African-American cultures."


Williams, Angela L. “Black Music Month.” African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd, Facts On File, 2023. African-American History, Accessed 21 June 2023.

The Birth of Black Music Month

"Dyanna Williams - CEO of Influence Entertainment & Mother of Black Music Month - discusses how the month of June became known as Black Music Month (or African American Music Appreciation Month)."


Williams, D. (2016). The birth of Black Music Month.  NMAAM.

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