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Senators Booker, Harris, Rep. Meeks Introduce Resolution Honoring Contributions of African Americans to America’s Musical Heritage
Lawmakers call for more music education for black students
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY-05), introduced a resolution designating June as African American Music Appreciation Month, to recognize the contributions of African Americans to America’s music heritage and to raise awareness of the need for greater access to music education for African American students.
Also sponsoring the resolution in the Senate are Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Doug Jones (D-AL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE).
According to the National Assessment for Educational Progress Arts Assessment, African American students scored the lowest of all ethnicities. Another study found that only 15 percent of all students in music ensembles and only 7 percent of all licensed music teachers were black. A recent Department of Education study found that only 28 percent of African American students receive any kind of arts education.
An excerpt of the resolution follows:
“The Senate recognizes the contributions of African Americans to the musical heritage of the United States; the wide array of talented and popular African-American musical artists, composers, song- writers, and musicians who are underrecognized for contributions to music; the achievements, talent, and hard work of African-American pioneer artists, and the obstacles that those artists overcame to gain recognition; the need for African-American students to have greater access to and participation in music education in schools across the United States; and Black History Month and African-American Music Appreciation Month as an important time to celebrate the impact of the African- American musical heritage on the musical heritage of the United States; and to encourage greater access to music education so that the next generation may continue to greatly contribute to the musical heritage of the United States,”
The resolution is supported by 35 organizations advocating for increased access to music education in our nation’s schools:
American Orff-Schulwerk Association American School Band Directors Association
American String Teachers Association
Barbershop Harmony Society
College Band Directors National Association
Drum Corps International
Education Through Music
El Sistema USA
Gordon Institute for Music Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
J. W. Pepper & Son
League of American Orchestras
Little Kids Rock
Music and the Brain
Music for All
Music Teachers National Association
National Association for Music Education
National Association of Music Merchants
National Federation of State High School Associations
National Music Council
New Jersey Music Educators Association
New York State School Music Association
Organization of American Kodály Educators
Percussive Arts Society
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Quadrant Arts Education Research
Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music
The Recording Academy
Strathmore Hall Foundation
VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Winter Guard International
Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.