African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2013, 34241-34244 [2013-13643]

Download as PDF Vol. 78 Thursday, No. 109 June 6, 2013 Part III The President mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PREDOCD4 Proclamation 8992—African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2013 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Jun 05, 2013 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\06JND4.SGM 06JND4 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PREDOCD4 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Jun 05, 2013 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\06JND4.SGM 06JND4 34243 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 109 Thursday, June 6, 2013 Title 3— Proclamation 8992 of May 31, 2013 The President African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2013 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Since our Nation’s founding, people from every walk of life have set out to capture the American experience not just in poetry or prose, but also in the timeless quality of song. When the outcome of a revolution hung in the balance, drums and fifes filled brave patriots with the strength to carry on. When slavery kept millions in bondage, spirituals gave voice to a dream of true and lasting freedom. Through every generation, music has reflected and renewed our national conversation, bringing us together and reminding us of the humanity we share. African Americans have always had a hand in shaping the American sound. From gospel and Motown to bebop and blues, their story is bound up in the music they made—songs of hurt and hardship, yearning and hope, and struggle for a better day. Those feelings speak to something common in all of us. With passion and creativity, African-American performers have done more than reinvent the musical styles they helped define; they have channeled their music into making change and advancing justice, from radio booths to the stage to our city streets. That story is still unfolding today. We see it in the young poet putting his words to a beat; the conservatory student perfecting her technique; the jazz musician making old melodies new again. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, let us celebrate these artists and the generations who inspired them, and let us reflect on our heritage as a Nation forever enriched by the power of song. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PREDOCD4 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 2013 as AfricanAmerican Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Jun 05, 2013 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06JND4.SGM 06JND4 34244 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2013 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh. [FR Doc. 2013–13643 Filed 6–5–13; 11:15 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:03 Jun 05, 2013 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06JND4.SGM 06JND4 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PREDOCD4 Billing code 3295–F3

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 109 (Thursday, June 6, 2013)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 34241-34244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13643]



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Vol. 78

Thursday,

No. 109

June 6, 2013

Part III





The President





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Proclamation 8992--African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2013


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No. 109 / Thursday, June 6, 2013 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8992 of May 31, 2013

                
African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2013

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Since our Nation's founding, people from every walk of 
                life have set out to capture the American experience 
                not just in poetry or prose, but also in the timeless 
                quality of song. When the outcome of a revolution hung 
                in the balance, drums and fifes filled brave patriots 
                with the strength to carry on. When slavery kept 
                millions in bondage, spirituals gave voice to a dream 
                of true and lasting freedom. Through every generation, 
                music has reflected and renewed our national 
                conversation, bringing us together and reminding us of 
                the humanity we share.

                African Americans have always had a hand in shaping the 
                American sound. From gospel and Motown to bebop and 
                blues, their story is bound up in the music they made--
                songs of hurt and hardship, yearning and hope, and 
                struggle for a better day. Those feelings speak to 
                something common in all of us. With passion and 
                creativity, African-American performers have done more 
                than reinvent the musical styles they helped define; 
                they have channeled their music into making change and 
                advancing justice, from radio booths to the stage to 
                our city streets.

                That story is still unfolding today. We see it in the 
                young poet putting his words to a beat; the 
                conservatory student perfecting her technique; the jazz 
                musician making old melodies new again. During African-
                American Music Appreciation Month, let us celebrate 
                these artists and the generations who inspired them, 
                and let us reflect on our heritage as a Nation forever 
                enriched by the power of song.

                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 2013 as African-
                American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public 
                officials, educators, and all the people of the United 
                States to observe this month with appropriate 
                activities and programs that raise awareness and foster 
                appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or 
                performed by African Americans.

[[Page 34244]]

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

[FR Doc. 2013-13643
Filed 6-5-13; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F3