The U.S. Congress has officially proclaimed the month of November as National Hip Hop Month. The bill was sponsored by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY). The bill was introduced in July and was successfully pushed through under the leadership of Senator Chuch Schumer.
“Hip Hop is my life. Hip Hop saved my life. Hip Hop gave me knowledge of self. Hip Hop is who I am,” said Congressman Bowman about co-sponsoring the bill. “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.”
The bill will nationally recognize the month as well as contributions to the culture. Additionally, August 11 will be known as Hip Hop Celebration Day, an ode one of the first Hip Hop parties thrown by DJ Cool Herc, the hip hop icon known as the godfather of hip hop. August has also been known as Hip Hop Recognition month.
The Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) will launch its “KNOW YA HIP HOP,” campaign in connection to the bill’s passage according to PR Newswire.
“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,” the Founder and President of UHHM, Rocky Bucano says. “Little did we know it would pass!”
“Four months later, 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. 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,” he shared.