Detroit artists marking Black Music Month with concert

Lead singer of the Motown trio 'The Supremes' Diana Ross with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong at the Royal Variety Performance in London. (Photo by Peter King/Getty Images)

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is marking Black Music Month with a concert featuring many of Detroit's prominent musical, visual and literary artists.

Singer Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave, is producing and performing at the June 27 concert, "Our Music Our Lives."

The show aims to explore connections between music and the American black experience, and will include works from slavery through modern times. The concert will span several genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel, blues and spoken word. Dance and graphic art also will be featured.

Scheduled performers also include Mark Scott of the Miracles, Motown Legends Gospel Choir, poet and playwright Bill Harris and the Lisa McCall Dancers.

Black Music Month was recognized by President Jimmy Carter 40 years ago.