Sending Office: Honorable Gregory W. Meeks
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Dear Colleague:

Please join me in celebrating the many contributions of African Americans to our American musical heritage, and the need for greater access to a sequential and standards-based
music education for African American students.

The contributions of African Americans are embedded in our music culture.  The first Africans transported to this country came from a variety of ethnic groups with a long history
of distinct and cultivated musical traditions.  Throughout music history, genres of American music have seen the influence of African American musicians and culture.

The positive influence African Americans have had on our music is undeniable.  Unfortunately today, students of color, especially those in large urban communities, do not share
the same access to a high-quality music and arts education as their white, suburban counterparts.  A recent U.S. Department of Education study found that only 28 percent of African American students receive any kind of school-based arts education, and scored
the lowest of all ethnicities in the most recent National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) Arts Assessment.  Furthermore, another study showed that only 15 percent of music ensemble students were African American.  The same study found that only
seven percent of music teacher licensure candidates were
African American.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this resolution (available
here), please contact Vashti Hinton on my staff at or x 5-3461. Thank you for your consideration and let’s continue our work to better provide a well-rounded education, which includes music, for all students everywhere.




Gregory W. Meeks

Member of Congress

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