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President Obama delivers opening remarks at the February 2010 White House event called A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.
President Obama delivers opening remarks at the February 2010 White House event called A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images
In which we turn in our late pass: last week, President Barack Obama issued an official proclamation that June 2010 is African-American Music Appreciation Month. It's not clear how the White House actually intends to celebrate this (cough, boost NEA funding? cough), though we do know that in the past, the Obamas have hosted a number of concerts with musicians of several genres, prominently including African American expressions (jazz among them). If this ends up being but lip service, it's at least lip service that this jazz blog is willing to report. [The White House: Presidential Proclamation - African-American Music Appreciation Month]
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