African American Music Appreciate Month is celebrated every year during the month of June. It was established as Black Music Month in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. President Barack Obama has announced the observance under its new title, African American Music Appreciation Month, every year of his term. Read the 2013 Presidential Proclaimation at whitehouse.gov
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Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., 1947
Listen to the Dizzy Gillespie Quintent perform Confirmation live at Carnegie Hall in 1947.