By Victor Omondi
The US government is finally giving hip-hop its due! Congress has declared November to be National Hip Hop History Month, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) says.
National Hip Hop History Month will be celebrated for the first time in 2021. To commemorate the official approval of Res. 331 by the 117th United States Congress, the Universal Hip Hop Museum created a campaign called “KNOW YA HIP HOP.”
Resolution 331 was co-sponsored by Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), and it was passed. The US Senate passed it under the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), designating November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month.”
Rocky Bucano, the founder and president of UHHM, stated in a written statement, “Back in July, I was asked by Congressman Jamaal Bowman to help review the language being used to create the Resolution designating August 11th as Hip Hop Recognition Day and November as Hip Hop History Month. Little did we know it would pass!”
The ‘KNOW YA HIP HOP’ campaign aims to educate people all around the world about the culture, which was founded nearly 50 years ago on Aug. 11, 1973.
“UHHM will celebrate the inaugural Hip Hop History month celebration with a collection of rare event flyers, artists interviews, historical factoids, and a special tribute to Violator Management founder Chris Lighty, ,” Bucano said in a news statement. “As President of the Official Record of Hip Hop, I take great pride in preserving and celebrating the work and contributions of the culture’s original architects.”
The initiative aims to educate the general public about hip-cultural hop’s effect. Bringing the importance of this culture’s impact on history and recognizing its “universal” character, which demonstrates that hip-hop is inclusive and brims with diversity, inventiveness, and social equality.
“Hip Hop is my life. Hip Hop saved my life. Hip Hop gave me knowledge of self. Hip Hop is who I am,” Congressman Bowman declared. “The celebration of hip-hop history and the study of it is essential to our democracy, our innovation, our voice, and who we are as human beings.”
“Hip-hop is an honest story of communities around the world and provides the opportunity to increase understanding and create a pathway forward for all of us,” Bowman added.
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