Bill Text: NY J01956 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2019 as African American Music Appreciation Month in the State of New York

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 40-22)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-14 - ADOPTED [J01956 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-J01956-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 505

BY: M. of A. Blake

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        June  2019  as  African  American Music Appreciation
        Month in the State of New York

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in  keeping  with
its  time-honored  traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those who
seek to preserve and celebrate the musical heritage  of  our  State  and
Nation; and

  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2019 as African
American  Music  Appreciation  Month  in  the  State  of  New  York,  in
conjunction  with  the  observance  of  National  African-American Music
Appreciation Month; and

  WHEREAS, African American Music  Appreciation  Month  is  an  annual
celebration of African American music in the United States, commemorated
with  special  performances  and  multi-day  festivals in musical genres
ranging from soul to jazz to gospel throughout the nation; and

  WHEREAS, Observation of Black Music Month was initiated on  June  7,
1979,  by  President  Jimmy  Carter,  who decreed that June would be the
month of black music; since then, American presidents have continued the
practice and,  for  each  year  of  his  term,  President  Barack  Obama
announced  the  observance  under  a  new  title, African American Music
Appreciation Month; and

  WHEREAS, America's diverse musical heritage is a reflection  of  the
creativity  and  optimism  of  our Nation; during African American Music
Appreciation Month, we celebrate the breathtaking talents and creativity
of African American vocalists,  instrumentalists,  and  composers  whose
achievements   have   shaped  our  national  culture  and  enriched  our
communities; and

  WHEREAS, For the  entire  span  of  our  Nation's  history,  African
Americans  have created music that communicates across racial and social
boundaries, giving voice to the full range of human experience; and

  WHEREAS, During  African  Americans'  involuntary  servitude,  music
often served as a means of expressing the inexpressible; when facing the
cruel  injustice  of  slavery,  spirituals  brought  comfort to troubled
souls; and

  WHEREAS, These timeless declarations of hope and faith evolved  into
the more modern genres of gospel, blues, ragtime, and jazz, expressed in
the  musical  genius  of Scott Joplin, Marian Anderson, Eubie Blake, and
Mahalia Jackson; during the Civil Rights era, African American musicians
such as Duke Ellington,  Muddy  Waters,  and  Ruth  Brown  conveyed  the
struggles  of  their  communities  while bringing together people of all
backgrounds; today,  this  music  continues  to  inspire  Americans  and
advance its creative spirit; and

  WHEREAS,  Throughout the course of American history, black musicians
have used their great talents to  share  the  richness  of  the  African
American  experience  and  to develop a uniquely American style of music
enjoyed throughout the world; in June 2019, we  honor  the  pioneers  of
African  American  music  along  with today's artists who continue their
legacy; and

  WHEREAS, From "Glory", the winning best song in the movie "Selma" to
the historic success of Jay-Z  and  Beyonce,  to  the  continual  social
impact  displayed  by  artists  such  as  Stevie  Wonder  and Prince who
performed in Baltimore, Maryland, remind us that Black lives matter; and

  WHEREAS, A local component, the Harlem  Renaissance,  was  the  name
given  to the cultural, social, and artistic movement that took place in
Harlem between the end of World War I  and  the  middle  of  the  1930s;
during this period, Harlem was a cultural center, drawing black writers,
artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars; and

  WHEREAS,  The  Bronx  is  home of hip-hop, a cultural movement which
formed during the late 1960s among African American youths  residing  in
the  South  Bronx  in  New  York City; hip-hop legends who hail from the
Bronx include KOOL DJ Herc, Grandmaster Melle Mel and  Kurtis  Blow;  in
addition,  preparations  are  being  made,  led  by  Rocky Bucano, for a
universal hip-hop museum to be located in the Bronx; and

  WHEREAS, Events which provide a means of preserving a  part  of  our
rich  American  past and which contribute to the community in such noble
endeavors as aforementioned, are held in  the  highest  regard  by  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June  2019  as  African
American  Music  Appreciation  Month in the State of New York; and be it

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.