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Black Music Month originated in 1979. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, the  achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

June 17: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

1871: James Weldon Johnson was born on this day. He was a songwriter, poet, journalist, critic & writer as well as the co-author of ‘Lift Every Voice & Sing’ He passed away in 1938 at age 67. (Photo: Youtube)

2. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

1987:Happy Birthday to Hip Hop artist Kendrick Lamar