by Bronx Times

On Sept. 19, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman presented the congressional resolution declaring the Bronx and 1520 Sedgwick Ave., the birthplace of hip-hop.

The resolution designates Aug. 11, 2021, as “Hip Hop Celebration Day,” August 2021 as “Hip Hop Recognition Month,” and November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month.” Schumer and Bowman said that the resolution, agreed to by the U.S. Senate, rightfully recognizes and celebrates hip-hop and its cultural impact. Schumer and Bowman said that federal recognition of the art of hip-hop is long overdue.

Hip-hop, now a world-wide phenomenon, had humble beginnings in New York City. Schumer and Bowman explained that on Aug.11, 1973, at a “Back To School Jam” held in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Ave., in the Bronx, a new innovative style of disk jockeying and engaging the crowd with rap was introduced by Clive “DJ Kool Herc” Campbell. Since then, hip-hop culture has spread across the nation and the world, uniquely infusing itself into the roots of communities everywhere. 

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