Harmony & History: Love and Resistance in the Rhythm of Black Music Month

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Rock and roll singer Sam Cooke performs at a concert in New York's Copacabana night club in this undated photo. (AP Photo)
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The month of June brings a powerful symphony of voices as we commemorate Black Music Month. Black music has served as an artistic beacon of resilience, social change, and cultural vibrancy.

Instituted in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, Black Music Month recognizes the transformative influence of African American musicians whose lyrical storytelling and compelling rhythms have transcended geographical boundaries and societal divisions.

The soulful sounds of Bille Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” was a haunting critique of racial violence. Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” became an anthem during the Civil Rights Movement. And who could forget “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley, which echoes a message of liberation and resilience?

Tracks like “Formation” by Beyonce and “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar continue this legacy by using music as a pattern to spotlight issues of racial injustice and social inequality. So this June, as you turn up and bask in the diverse rhythms of Black music, remember to honor its historical significance.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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