According to Revolt, Congress approved resolution 331, making November “Hip Hop History Month.”
Resolution 331 was first introduced in July, and at the time, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Maxine Waters co-sponsored the bill. In August, Senate unanimously voted in favor of passing the bill. Now, Congress has decided to fall in line.
“Hip Hop is my life. Hip-hop saved my life. Hip-hop gave me knowledge of self. Hip Hop is who I am,” Bowman said in a statement. “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 President of The Universal Hip Hop Museum, Rocky Bucano, tapped by Bowman to review the resolution, shared his excitement about the bill finally passing after much deliberation.
“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,” Bucano said in a statement. “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,” he continued. “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.”
According to a statement, the bill passed to make hip hop “a transcendental genre” and aims to teach people about the hip-hop culture’s influence in the U.S. by celebrating it with activities.