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THE MONTH OF JUNE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

Since 1979, the United States has set aside the month of June to appreciate the musical contributions of its African-American musicians, composers, singers and songwriters.

On June 7 of that year, President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be Black Music Month.

Each year since, Americans have celebrated the iconic music loved by generations.

In 2009, the commemoration was given its current name by President Barack Obama. In his 2016 proclamation, Obama noted that African-American music and musicians have helped the country "to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country's enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.

             

 LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH

(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Allies)

LGBTQIA Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Today, LGBT Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and these events attract millions of participants around the world.


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