KRS-One’s Temple of Hip Hop organization officially kicked off the fourth annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week this morning during a press conference and proclamation ceremony at City Hall in New York City.

Proclamations were received from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Bronx Borough President, New York mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer and Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. Attendees at the event included host and council member Joel Rivera, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bronx Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Assemblyman Jose Rivera and City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, among others.

The purpose of Hip Hop Appreciation Week is to declare Hip Hop as a legitimate international culture for peace and to decriminalize Hip Hop’s public image, according to a press statement. This year’s theme is charity. During Hip Hop Appreciation Week, Temple of Hip Hop founder KRS-One, along with numerous members and pioneers of the Hip Hop community, will donate their time and resources that support creative expression and development.



Scheduled activities for Hip Hop Appreciation Week include an opening night ceremony, lectures, Hip Hop film screenings, a youth benefit dinner, a memorial at Riverside Church and the first-ever International Hip Hop Conference for Peace at the United Nations Headquarters set for Wednesday (May 16th) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the UN event, selected delegates from the music industry, press and UN officials will meet and sign a Hip Hop Declaration of Peace document in a conscious effort to further promote peace.

The Temple of Hip Hop is a Hip Hop preservation society that seeks to define and teach the accumulated spiritual principles of Hip Hop to Hip Hop culture.