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President Obama Declares African-American Music Appreciation Month in June

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The months remaining on President Barak Obama’s second turn are dwindling down, and so gestures and proclamations such as this one have to be considered with extra regard. On Tuesday (May 31), President Obama declared, in a written proclamation, that June 2016 would known as African-American Music Appreciation Month.

In the text, which can be read in full at the official White House website, Obama calls African-American music “a vital part of our Nation’s proud heritage” and “among the most innovative and powerful art the world has ever known.” He likewise calls upon “public officials, educators, and people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.”

While Obama doesn’t quite call out rap or hip-hop by name, there is a subtle understanding that it is included in his words of reverence. Throughout his time in office, Obama has given hip-hop artists an opportunity to visit the White House and speak with him in the Oval Office. This past April, the President welcomed J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and others to discuss his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, while in May, he and Macklemore discussed opioid addiction during Obama’s weekly address. The President even had Wale perform before his final State of the Union address in January.

Every month is full of appreciation here at XXL, but that doesn’t make Obama’s proclamation any less special. As mentioned above, the full text is available to read as well.

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