19 African American Composers to Celebrate

19 African American Composers to Celebrate
Posted on 02/23/2021
Image of African American composersThe United States is known as the “land of the free and the home of the brave” after the concluding line of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which became the national anthem in 1931. But the United States has not always been a land where everyone is free. It was not until January 1, 1863, after President Abraham Lincoln’s signed the Emancipation Proclamation, that millions of enslaved African Americans were declared “free.” Still, news of this historic proclamation and executive order did not reach all enslaved people in America at that time. It was not until June 19, 1865, just days before the last shot was fired in the Civil War, that enslaved African Americans learned of the Emancipation Proclamation and their new legal status as free citizens, a day we now celebrate as Juneteenth Independence Day. Even after Juneteenth, what it means to be “free” in America has continued to evolve, particularly for certain communities. Though African Americans have not historically enjoyed the same rights and privileges as others, their contributions to music have been nothing short of history-changing. Here are 19 composers to help you celebrate Juneteenth, and which in turn deserve to be celebrated. Read more here >>.

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