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LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND LITTLE ROCK: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 17 SEPTEMBER 2007 — Louis Armstrong's views on Civil Rights have been a controversial aspect of his legacy since the 1950s, when he was accused of being out of step with the Movement. Did Armstrong’s response to the Little Rock Nine crisis in 1957 and his refusal to represent the United States on a State Department tour of the Soviet Union reflect a change in his attitudes, or had he been quietly breaking down doors all along? Film clips and artifacts from the period, including Armstrong’s FBI file on view document this controversy until 8 October 2007 at the Louis Armstrong House.

In addition to the exhibition, the Langston Hughes Community Library in Queens, New York will mark the 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas on 18 September 2007 at 7:00 pm with an interview with former newspaper reporter Larry Lubenow. In September 1957 Lubenow broke the story that Armstrong was canceling his State Department-sponsored Russian tour to protest the injustices occurring in Arkansas. Vanity Fair Contributing Editor David Margolick will interview Lubenow in a program that, according to the organziers, promises to reveal new information about the reporter's historic evening with Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong House
34-56 107th Street
Corona, New York 11368
Tel: (1) 718 478 82 74

Langston Hughes Community Library Auditorium
100-01 Northern Boulevard
Corona, New York
Tel: (1) 718 478 82 74

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