Black Music Month kicks off tomorrow, and Philly is the place to be for it. You know we’ll have you covered on everything going down for Black Music Month, but we thought we’d start off the month with breaking down the history of it first.
Did you know that Philly is the birthplace of Black Music Month? It was actually founded by some of Philly’s own. Check out the history and videos below.
In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.
In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation.
We caught up with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month,” to get her to break down how Black Music Month came to be.
Watch the video below to see what she had to say.
Can’t get enough of Black Music Month content? Last year Dyana, along with Radio One, put together an event in celebration of Black Music Month. Check out that video below too.
And, don’t miss this year’s Black Music Month event! We teamed up with BMI, Hot 107.9, Old School 100.3, Some of the hottest songwriters of our time will be there – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, James Mtume, Pop Wansel, Oak Felder and The Phatboiz. Dyana and DJ Damage will be the hosts. Get details here.