Celebrating "African Americans and the Arts": A Playlist

By Carolyn Coons

“African Americans and the Arts” is the theme of this year’s Black History Month — of course, that aligns perfectly with our observance at the National Endowment for the Arts. Year round, our agency uplifts the hard work and creative gifts of Black artists, arts leaders, and culture bearers, but the month of February offers a dedicated time to reflect on and honor the contributions Black Americans have made to our nation's cultural fabric.

As part of our celebration of the 2024 Black History Month theme, enjoy this selection of videos that celebrate a small cross section of arts — dance, poetry, and music — as well as the talented Black artists who have helped to preserve and shape them. 

Our tribute video to step artist and producer C. Brian Williams, a 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellow. 

Our tribute video to drummer, composer, educator and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, a 2021 NEA Jazz Master. 

2022 North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Champion Gabriella Burwell recites “Dr. Booker T. Washington to the National Negro Business League” by Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. 

Our tribute video to Hill Country Blues musician and songwriter Cedric Burnside, a 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellow. 

Our tribute video to gospel artists The Legendary Ingramettes, 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellows. 

Enjoy our entire Black History Month playlist on YouTube.

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