Black Music Month – A Time for Fun and Connection

Posted on 06/25/24

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June is National Black Music Month, a celebratory month launched in 1979 to highlight the African American musical influences that are essential contributions to America’s treasured cultural heritage.

Over the centuries, Black music has evolved and triumphed. It has shaped our nation’s traditions and preserved the experiences and culture of the Black community. From joy and success to pain and perseverance, Black artists today continue to create emotional content with palpable lyrics and rhythms that unite and inspire millions.

The month-long celebration also offers communities a time to kick off summer fun and community connections. AARP is a proud supporter of Black Music Month events and activities in communities across the nation where you can join to learn, dance, sing, laugh, meet new people, and create bonds with neighbors and friends.

For example, in Newark, AARP and the Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey are hosting a vibrant celebration featuring acclaimed rhythm & blues vocalist Carrie Jackson, known for her captivating performances that breathe new life into jazz, gospel, Motown, and classic standards. And AARP Ohio is hosting a nationwide, virtual free screening of Rejoice and Shout, filmmaker Don McGlynn’s look at gospel music and its relationship to African American identity and Christianity.  

It’s easy to find a Black Music Month celebration in your community. Just stop by to find your fun and get connected!

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