Black Music Month


It was 1979 when then President Jimmy Carter first declared June as Black Music Month and kicked off the annual celebration with a performance at the White House by Sara Jordan Powell, Chuck Berry, Billy Eckstine, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Andrae Crouch.

In 2001, when proclaiming June as Black Music Month, President George W. Bush encouraged “all Americans to learn more about the contributions of black artists to America’s musical heritage and to celebrate their remarkable role in shaping our history and culture.”

And in President Barack Obama’s 2016 presidential proclamation honoring June as African-American Music Appreciation Month, he called upon “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.”

All June, 105.1 The Bounce celebrates and honors those African-American performers, writers, musicians and countless others who have and those who continue to play a role in creating the vibrate soundtrack of America.