Donald Trump (262924)

Since 1979, June has been celebrated as Black Music Month. But last week, President Donald Trump changed it to African American Music Appreciation Month in a proclamation. In a statement, he said he credits the “contagious rhythm” in Black music for bringing people together and empowering “its listeners to recall memories of the past and grow excited for the future.” In the proclamation, the President said, “Our Nation is indebted to all the African-American artists whose music fills our airways and our homes, lifts our spirits and compels us to think, dance and sing, These musicians and their legacies ignite our imaginations and prove to us that the sky is the limit. I call 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 appreciation of African-American music.” Artists included in the President’s statement were Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston.