Opening in 2019

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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The First Time I Heard…Erykah Badu

February 27, 2017

In recounting the first time I heard Erykah Badu, I wish I could say that “it was a stormy night. You know the kind where the lightning strikes? And...

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2017 My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon

10:30am, June 1

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™”...

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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.

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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.

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