Originally coined Black Music Month, the commemoration was conceived by black music moguls Kenny Gamble, Dyana Williams and Ed Wright in the 1970s and initiated by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979. The holiday was later renamed African American Music Appreciation Month by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Juneteenth is a celebration of commemorating the day that the last slaves were freed in the United States. Juneteenth is now a day of jubilation, celebrated by African Americans across the U.S.
Two exhibits at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branches explore the Middle Passage and the post-Civil War life for African-Americans.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library invites you to celebrate African American History Month with free programs, including living history events, a local author visit, film screenings, and fun and educational activities for children and teens. We've also compiled lists of resources that enable you to continue learning, exploring and having conversations about the moments and people that have shaped our collective past, and provide historical context for the current issues and movements within our community.