In 1979 President Jimmy Carter hosted the first June Black Music Month event. Today, June 7th 2020 marks the 41st anniversary of Black Music Month.
Dyana Williams got her start on DC’s Howard University Radio (96.3 WHUR FM). She worked alongside Kenny Gamble, Clarence Avant and others to have June designated as Black Music Month. Williams currently serves on National Museum of African American Music’s Board of Directors. The Museum is scheduled to open in September 2020.
In this interview Williams talks about the economic impact of Black music, the Black Music Month legislation process, protests taking place in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the significance of the National Museum of African American Music.
Black Music Month