June is African-American Music Appreciation Month!

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month!

Explore with goDigital resources American Song & Freegal app

Created on June 7,1979 by President Jimmy Carter, this month celebrates Black American musicians and musical art forms. Acknowledging that it is a foundational part of American culture. 

We invite you to explore and enjoy Black American Music with the Alexander Street Press database American Song. You can stream a variety of music from America's past featuring Black musical genres such as Sacred Music, Blues, Country, Ragtime, Jazz, R&B, Rock ‘n Roll, Funk, Hip-Hop/Rap and so much more. American Song also has a collection called My Collection - Music Online: African American Music Reference, where you can search countless documents and writings about Black American music, its history and cultural impacts. 

After exploring the foundations of Black American Music, you can venture over to Freegal Music. Another great digital resource and app to check out contemporary music from Black American Musicians as well as some of the artists they have influenced.  

Fun Suggestion: Cap off your musical deep dive by creating a playlist of some of your favorite musical finds.  

Both American Song and Freegal Music are offered as free digital resources with your DC Public Library Card!