A simple idea to tell the story of the origins of American music has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM).
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Countdown to the 2017 Legends Luncheon!
The Legends Luncheon celebrates music, specifically the impact that African Americans have made on American musical culture. This concept was generated as a component of NMAAM’s “My Music Matters™”...
Rivers of Rhythm
NMAAM announced Rivers of Rhythm®, its first-ever digital exhibition, during this important month-long observance. This first-of-its-kind digital exhibition strategically connects NMAAM to a national conversation that honors the roots of American music.Explore the connections within musickeyboard_arrow_right
Black Music Month
Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music.
Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.Learn morekeyboard_arrow_right