By H. Beecher Hicks, III, President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music
Lately, the phrase ‘unprecedented times’ is so widely used that much of the world around us feels alien in comparison to our previous “normal.”
Similar to the trends we have seen in recent years, pre-COVID-19 and elevated Black Lives Matter protests, music by African American artists leads the way as the most lauded and consumed across demographics in the U.S.
The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is excited to see how Black artists and Black music are unifying the world under a shared love for music.
When Black Lives Matters protests began forming around the country in support of Black lives lost to injustice, artists like John Legend and Janelle Monae offered healing through music and served as catalysts to help galvanize communities to create change.
For music lovers who wish to journey deeper into celebrating the history and culture of this art form, we welcome you to join us in Nashville when we officially open a first-of-its-kind Black music museum later this year.