The vision and artistry of Black musicians have defined the guitar and shaped the very reason why so many of us even picked up the instrument. Every strum, every note bent, every chord rising and every amplifier flicked on is the reverberation of Black musicians and artists through history. We are standing on their shoulders.
Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Charlie Christian, Howlin’ Wolf, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bukka White, T-Bone Walker, Bo Diddley, Memphis Minnie, Ali Farka Touré, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Bob Marley, BB King, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Peggy Jones, Prince, John Lee Hooker, Beverly Watkins.
Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr, Eric Gales, Doueh, Kele Okereke, Jackie Venson, Steve Lacy, Nile Rodgers, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Kyp Malone, Tosin Abasi, Lenny Kravitz, H.E.R., Kamal Keila, Joan Armatrading, Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Treece, William DuVall, Melanie Faye.
And countless more. As musicians, we owe the Black community an immense debt of gratitude.
Guitar.com is uniting in solidarity to observe Black Out Tuesday on 2 June. Not only out of respect and recognition of the hardship and struggle the community has faced and continues to face, but also to stand tall against injustice, discrimination and violence in any form.
We’ll be spending this time to look inward and ask ourselves how we can better support Black musicians and guitarists. Let us know how we can do better. Talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be back tomorrow.
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