Watch: theGrio talks with Dyana Williams, mother of Black Music Month

June is Black Music Month and for the next 30 days, we will celebrate the musical accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans past, present, and future in the United States.

Chapter Governor Dyana Williams speaks to guests and members during the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter's Member event at the W Hotel on June 28, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

This year marks the 45th celebration of Black Music Month. Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams became the pioneers behind the idea of a month-long celebration on the impact of Black music. On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter held a reception on the White House lawn making it official and the rest is history. 

In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation recognizing June as Black Music Month. In 2023, the White House issued its own proclamation. President Joe Biden called on “public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month by honoring Black musicians and raising awareness and appreciation of Black music.” 

TheGrio’s Eboni K. Williams sat down with Dyana Williams, aka the mother of Black Music Month, to talk about the importance of having a month dedicated to our music.