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Engrossed in House (06/06/2000)

[Congressional Bills 106th Congress]
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[H. Res. 509 Engrossed in House (EH)]

                 In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

                                                          June 6, 2000.
Whereas artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, educators, executives, and 
        other professionals in the music industry provide inspiration and 
        leadership through their creation of music, dissemination of educational 
        information, and financial contributions to charitable and community-
        based organizations;
Whereas African-American music is indigenous to the United States and originates 
        from African genres of music;
Whereas African-American genres of music such as gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm and 
        blues, rap, the Motown sound, and hip-hop have their roots in the 
        African-American experience;
Whereas African-American music has a pervasive influence on dance, fashion, 
        language, art, literature, cinema, media, advertisements, and other 
        aspects of culture;
Whereas the prominence of African-American music in the 20th century has 
        reawakened interest in the legacy and heritage of the art form of 
        African-American music;
Whereas African-American music embodies the strong presence of, and significant 
        contributions made by, African-Americans in the music industry and 
        society as a whole;
Whereas the multibillion dollar African-American music industry contributes 
        greatly to the domestic and worldwide economy;
Whereas African-American music has a positive impact on and broad appeal to 
        diverse groups, both nationally and internationally; and
Whereas in 1979 President Carter recognized June as African-American Music 
        Month, and President Clinton subsequently recognized June as African-
        American Music Month: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) recognizes the importance of the contributions of African-
        American music to global culture and the positive impact of African-
        American music on global commerce; and
            (2) calls on the people of the United States to take the opportunity 
        to study, reflect on, and celebrate the majesty, vitality, and 
        importance of African-American music.


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