Updated: Aug 3
The United States and its lawmakers have finally recognized the impact Hip Hop has had and continues to have, within the country. Finally.
Just last week, the US Senate passed a resolution that recognizes August 11, 2021, as National Hip Hop Celebration Day. They have also established, S.Res.331, which makes August 2021 Hip Hop Recognition Month, and this upcoming November will be recognized as Hip Hop History Month.
Why August 11? Well, in case you didn't know back in 1973 on August 11, DJ Kool Herc threw a back-to-school party in his neighborhood with his sister at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx (New York). This is when Dj Kool Herc is credited as the innovative DJ who stretched the break section of vinyl records during the party and during every other party he hosted afterward. This was the beginning of empowerment within black and brown communities and it started with new forms of beat making, break dancing, and rapping.
According to our research, the resolution didn't explain specifically why November was chosen for Hip Hop History Month but if I had to guess, it is known as the Anniversary Month for the Universal Zulu Nation, founded by Afrika Bambaataa on November 12, 1973. Afrika Bambaataa is another Hip Hop legend & founder that was inspired by DJ Kool Herc and started throwing parties as early as 1977.
"The Universal Zulu Nation promotes the idea that hip-hop was created to sustain the ideals of “peace, love, unity and having fun” – first for Black and Latin people in the ghetto in the USA, and eventually for all those supportive of hip-hop culture..." -