How I celebrate Black History Month Within Music
Throughout history, contributions have been made by the black community in various areas: but music always comes to mind when I reflect on some of our historic milestones.

Black slaves(within the 1600s-1800s) expressed themselves through music to convey joy, sorrow, or possible hope and were passed down from generation to generation.

During Black History Month, I reflect on the hardships they endured and the freedom they desperately expressed through their Afro-spiritual songs known as ‘Negro Spirituals’.

I am reminded that music is carved into our bones and how black musicians during the 1960s and 70s influenced the soul and jazz-rock fusion genre.

I celebrate their gifts by connecting with historical, soulful songs from the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and smooth talker,
Marvin Gaye.

Written by Storm Cecile

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