African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2010, 32075-32076 [2010-13660]

Download as PDF 32075 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 108 Monday, June 7, 2010 Title 3— Proclamation 8527 of May 28, 2010 The President African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2010 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Music can tell a story, assuage our sorrows, provide blessing and redemption, and express a soul’s sublime and powerful beauty. It inspires us daily, giving voice to the human spirit. For many, including the African-American community, music unites individuals through a shared heritage. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we celebrate the extraordinary legacy of African-American singers, composers, and musicians, as well as their indelible contributions to our Nation and our world. Throughout our history, African-American music has conveyed the hopes and hardships of a people who have struggled, persevered and overcome. Through centuries of injustice, music comforted slaves, fueled a cultural renaissance, and sustained a movement for equality. Today, from the shores of Africa and the islands of the Caribbean to the jazz clubs of New Orleans and the music halls of Detroit, African-American music reflects the rich sounds of many experiences, cultures, and locales. African-American musicians have created and expanded a variety of musical genres, synthesizing diverse artistic traditions into a distinctive soundscape. The soulful strains of gospel, the harmonic and improvisational innovations of jazz, the simple truth of the blues, the rhythms of rock and roll, and the urban themes of hip-hop all blend into a refrain of song and narrative that traces our Nation’s history. These quintessentially American styles of music have helped provide a common soundtrack for people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and have joined Americans together not just on the dance floor, but also in our churches, in our public spaces, and in our homes. This month, we honor the talent and genius of African-American artists who have defined, shaped, and enriched our country through music, and we recommit to sharing their splendid gifts with our children and grandchildren. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PRESDOCD0 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as AfricanAmerican Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public officials, educators, and the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of African-American music. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Jun 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\07JND0.SGM 07JND0 32076 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 108 / Monday, June 7, 2010 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. 2010–13660 Filed 6–4–10; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Jun 04, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\07JND0.SGM 07JND0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with PRESDOCD0 Billing code 3195–W0–P

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 108 (Monday, June 7, 2010)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 32075-32076]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-13660]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 108 / Monday, June 7, 2010 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

[[Page 32075]]

                Proclamation 8527 of May 28, 2010

                
African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2010

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Music can tell a story, assuage our sorrows, provide 
                blessing and redemption, and express a soul's sublime 
                and powerful beauty. It inspires us daily, giving voice 
                to the human spirit. For many, including the African-
                American community, music unites individuals through a 
                shared heritage. During African-American Music 
                Appreciation Month, we celebrate the extraordinary 
                legacy of African-American singers, composers, and 
                musicians, as well as their indelible contributions to 
                our Nation and our world.

                Throughout our history, African-American music has 
                conveyed the hopes and hardships of a people who have 
                struggled, persevered and overcome. Through centuries 
                of injustice, music comforted slaves, fueled a cultural 
                renaissance, and sustained a movement for equality. 
                Today, from the shores of Africa and the islands of the 
                Caribbean to the jazz clubs of New Orleans and the 
                music halls of Detroit, African-American music reflects 
                the rich sounds of many experiences, cultures, and 
                locales.

                African-American musicians have created and expanded a 
                variety of musical genres, synthesizing diverse 
                artistic traditions into a distinctive soundscape. The 
                soulful strains of gospel, the harmonic and 
                improvisational innovations of jazz, the simple truth 
                of the blues, the rhythms of rock and roll, and the 
                urban themes of hip-hop all blend into a refrain of 
                song and narrative that traces our Nation's history.

                These quintessentially American styles of music have 
                helped provide a common soundtrack for people of 
                diverse cultures and backgrounds, and have joined 
                Americans together not just on the dance floor, but 
                also in our churches, in our public spaces, and in our 
                homes. This month, we honor the talent and genius of 
                African-American artists who have defined, shaped, and 
                enriched our country through music, and we recommit to 
                sharing their splendid gifts with our children and 
                grandchildren.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as African-
                American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public 
                officials, educators, and the people of the United 
                States to observe this month with appropriate 
                activities and programs that raise awareness and foster 
                appreciation of African-American music.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2010-13660
Filed 6-4-10; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3195-W0-P