The culture of Hip-Hop can now be honored on a national level. On July 29, the U.S Senate passed a bill that will recognize August 11 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day.”

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According to the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, Senate Resolution 331, which is the official bill that is designated to “Hip Hop Celebration Day,” and will celebrate the day that most Hip-Hop historians believe to be Hip-Hop’s birthday. 

The bill that Senators created has Hip-Hop history correct as it includes the factual story of how the genre was birthed. 


The Bill reads, “Whereas, on Aug. 11, 1973, at a Back To School Jam organized by his sister Cindy Campbell and held at the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, Clive DJ Kool Herc Campbell introduced his innovative style of disk jockeying and, together with the master of ceremonies engaging the crowd with rap on the microphone while partygoers known as B-boys and B-girls danced, introduced a new style. Later known as Hip Hop, which combined the elements of a disk jockey (commonly known as a DJ), a master of ceremonies (commonly known as an MC), music, art, fashion, and dance.”

Senate Resolution 331, also recognizes recognizing the month of August as “Hip-Hop Recognition Month” and establishes November as “Hip-Hop History Month.”

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