In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared that June would be Black Music Month. A month set aside to recognize the incredible influence that Black music has had on the U.S. and the world. While President Carter created Black Music Month, the first official presidential proclamation recognizing June as Black Music Month was not signed until 2000 when Bill Clinton was in office. Since then, each president has kept up with tradition, annually signing a presidential proclamation recognizing June as a month set aside to honor the impact Black artists have had on the music landscape. While the name of the month has changed a bit over the years with President Obama renaming it as African-American Music Appreciation Month and then President Biden proclaiming it as Black Music Appreciation Month in 2021, the importance of recognizing the incredible legacy of Black music artists in June has remained steadfast.
Use this curated collection of free preK-12 lesson plans, activities and resources to teach the history of Black music.