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 19: This Day In Black Music History was originally published on

1. Juneteenth


1865: Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

2. Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

1909: Saxophonist Joe Thomas was born. As a boy he first learned to play hymns on his sax, it was the only music his parents approved of. He passed away in 1986. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

1948: Happy Birthday to Phylicia Rahshad! She is an actress of film, television and theater.

4. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

1978: Happy Birthday to Zoe Saldana. She is an actress and dancer who got her start in the theater.