The United States is celebrating the inaugural observance of National Hip Hop History Month. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is launching a campaign, “KNOW YA HIP HOP,” to celebrate the 117th U.S. Congress’ official passage of Res. 331.
Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) co-sponsored Resolution 331 in Congress and succeeded in getting it passed. Under the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the United States Senate passed it, and designated November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month.”
“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, the Founder and President of UHHM said in a written statement. “Little did we know it would pass!”
The Universal Hip Hop Museum is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and dismisses the concept of the misunderstanding of toxic masculinity that is often associated with rap music, street culture, and art. This ‘KNOW YA HIP HOP’ campaign hopes to enlighten everyone around the world to a greater definition of the culture that was started almost 50 years ago on August 11, 1973. The congressman is a child of this movement and wanted the world to recognize its value.
The KNOW YA HIP HOP campaign seeks to help the public educate itself on Hip Hop’s impact as a culture. Bringing the significance of the influence of this culture on history and acknowledging its “universal” spirit, which showcases that Hip Hop is inclusive and brims with diversity, creativity, and social equity.
“Hip Hop is my life. Hip Hop saved my life. Hip Hop gave me knowledge of self. Hip Hop is who I am,” Congressman Bowman stated. “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.”
“Hip Hop is an honest story of communities around the world and provides the opportunity to increase understanding and create a pathway forward for all of us.”