American History Through an African American Lens

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC Celebrates African American Music Appreciation Month

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Photo: James Brown, Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN., Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Founded in 1979 by Dyana Williams, Kenny Gamble, and Ed Wright, African American Music Appreciation Month is a month-long celebration dedicated to highlighting the achievements of African Americans to music. The celebration was formally recognized by the United States in a reception hosted by President Jimmy Carter on June 7th, 1979.

We highlight some of our favorite African American musicians found in our collections below.

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Photo: Lionel Hampton, The Hippodrome, Memphis, TN, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Photo: Prince, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Robert Whitman.

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Photo: Isaac Hayes in His Office at Stax Records, Memphis, Tennessee, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers, Courtesy of the Withers Family Trust.

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Photo: Aretha Franklin, SCLC convention, Club Paradise, Memphis, TN, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Photo: The Two Kings, Elvis Presley with B.B. King at WDIA Goodwill Review, Memphis, TN. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Click here to view more music related items in NMAAHC’s collections.

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