Congress has joined the Senate in their passing of a bill that designates November as “Hip Hop History Month.” According to a statement, the U.S. Congress approved Resolution 331, a bill that deems hip hop “a transcendental genre” and aims to teach people about the culture’s influence in the country with the planning of celebratory activities. The Universal Hip Hop Museum has since launched a campaign to commemorate the official passage of the resolution.
Ads and flyers promoting events throughout the month will be placed on the museum’s website and social media platforms as well as billboards across the country. The campaign will also feature hip hop facts, interviews and more.
Resolution 331 was initially introduced in July. At the time, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Maxine Waters co-sponsored the bill with hopes to get it passed. In August, Senate unanimously voted in favor of passing the bill. Now, Congress has followed suit.
“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.”
“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,” Rocky 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.”