|Sponsor||Rep. Cohen, Steve|
|Committee||Oversight and Government Reform|
|Date||June 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ja'Ron Smith|
H.Res. 476 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on May 21, 2009.
H.Res. 476 would resolve, "that the House of Representatives celebrates the 30th anniversary of `Black Music Month'."
According to the resolution's findings, in 1979, the month of June was proclaimed "Black Music Month" and all people in the United States were encouraged to learn more about the important role that African-American artists have played in shaping history and culture. African-American composers, writers, singers, instrumentalists, and producers are at the top of many charts and in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and African-American music embodies an original expression of the human experience by entertaining, inspiring, and stirring countless people in the United States and around the world.