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Black Music Month originated in 1979. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, the  achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

June 29: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Lloyd Richards

Lloyd Richards

1919:Lloyd Richards was born. He was an award winning theater director and actor. Among his many accomplishments are his staging the original production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, debuting on Broadway to standing ovations on 11 March 1959, and in 1984 he introduced August Wilson to Broadway in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.