2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 11, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives L. Myers, Haywood, Bowen,
Crowley, Stubbs, Fields, Zamarripa, Tauchen, Sinicki, Vruwink, Anderson,
Sargent, C. Taylor, Hebl, Kolste, Ohnstad, Spreitzer, Emerson,
Shankland, Cabrera, Hesselbein, Dittrich, Tusler, Subeck, Spiros, Vining,
Brostoff and Considine, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor, Johnson,
Wirch, Carpenter, Bewley, Larson and Ringhand. Referred to Committee on
AJR58,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing June 2019 as Black Music Month in the state of Wisconsin.
AJR58,1,32 Whereas, President Jimmy Carter first recognized Black Music Month in June
31979 at the urging of Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams; and
AJR58,1,54 Whereas, President Bill Clinton formally declared June as Black Music Month
5in 2000; and
AJR58,1,86 Whereas, black singers, songwriters, musicians, sound engineers, composers,
7record producers, disc jockeys, promoters, industry executives, and music educators
8have shaped American music and transmitted it across the globe; and
AJR58,1,109 Whereas, the experiences of black Americans have driven musical genres like
10jazz, gospel, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop, and rap; and
AJR58,1,1311 Whereas, the contributions of black artists—from Lead Belly, Mahalia Jackson,
12and Nat King Cole, to Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Beyoncé—have established an
13indelible legacy in this country; and
AJR58,1,1514 Whereas, black music has influenced American literature, dance, fashion,
15theater, film, and visual arts; and
1Whereas, the state of Wisconsin is home to many black musicians who have
2gone on to make substantial contributions to the music industry on the world stage,
3including Nyerere Davidson, Naima Adedapo, Rico Love, Calvin Bellamy, Todd
4“Speech” Thomas, Al Jarreau, Adekola Adedapo, Ice Mone, Yolanda Brown,
5JeTannue Clayborn, and Jidenna Mobisson; and
AJR58,2,76 Whereas, black music supports various industries and enhances the domestic
7economy; and
AJR58,2,98 Whereas, black music is a source of power, pride, inspiration, and unity in
9communities of all races and backgrounds; now, therefore, be it
AJR58,2,12 10Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
11Wisconsin Legislature recognize June 2019 as Black Music Month in the state of
AJR58,2,1313 (End)