LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Recording artist Stevie Wonder performs during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month in the U.S.

It’s a month where we appreciate and honor the contributions of African-American musicians, composers, singers, artists and songwriters in every genre.

President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month back in 1979, and in 2000, the presidential proclamation for the month was signed by President Bill Clinton.

In 2009, President Barack Obama renamed the month from Black Music Month to African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Let’s celebrate the great works of African-American artists all month.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!