This month is African-American Music Appreciation Month, a commemoration first started by former President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979. The national recognition began as Black Music Month, but President Barack Obama changed the name in 2016 with a presidential proclamation.
However, the city of Philadelphia is where the birth of Black Music Month began, over 40 years ago through the vison of Kenny Gamble (Founder of Philadelphia International Records (PIR)) , Dyana Williams (radio and music industry professional), and Ed Wright .The great Philadelphia International Records (PIR) sound became well know and renowned around the world. The great Philadelphia sound became the bell for a national yearly celebration of Africana music, expression, talents, and influence by Black artists on current events and activism.
On Saturday, June 8, the Haverford Library continues the vision of Branch Manager, Marvin DeBose, serving the community by bringing stellar home-grown artists, storytellers, organizations, and musicians to the public. Philadelphia’s Alfie Pollitt, jazz pianist, composer, dance instructor, and historian will give a free musical performance from1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Marvin has brought various programs to his West Philadelphia community over he years, and loves showcasing activities that encourage growth and development, self-help, tutorial services, and letting patrons enjoy a great time together.
We invite all of Philadelphia to come out and enjoy this rare musical treat. Mr. Alfie Pollitt has performed with many of the greatest artists that have inspired much of the bands and ensembles being heard today.