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Louis Armstrong House Museum Celebrates Armstrong As Civil Rights Pioneer

-- Presentations ad House Tours in Honor of Black History Month --   

WHAT:        Every Saturday this February at 2 pm, the Louis Armstrong House
                  Museum (LAHM) will celebrate the contributions of jazz great Louis
                  Armtstrong to the Civil Rights Movement with house tours and

                  Louis Armstrong was one of the world's greatest entertainers. He 
                  was loved and revered internationally as the father of jazz. He was
                  a genius trumpeter and singer, a goodwill ambassador, charismatic
                  movie star, prolific writer, and talented collage artist. But he was
                  rarely viewed as a civil rights pioneer.

                  In honor of Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House
                  Museum staff offers weekly family-friendly presentations on the
                  life and legacy of Louis Armstrong, including a look at the many
                  barriers Armstrong broke during his remarkable fifty-year career.
                  The presentations explore Armstrong's controversial response to
                  the Little Rock Nine school desegregation crisis in 1957: refusing
                  to go on a State Department-sponsored tour to the Soviet Union.
                  View the FBI file that carefully tracked Armstrong's whereabouts
                  after his public call for change.

                  A guided tour of the Armstrong House will follow each presentation.

                  Reservations are required as space is limited. To make a 
                  reservation, email or call the
                  museum at 718-478-8274.

WHEN:           Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010 at 2 pm

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th
                   Street in Corona, Queens. For directions, visit

ADMISSION:  Event included in Museum admission.
                   $8 for adults; $6 for seniors/students/children, free for members.


Jazz great Louis Armstrong moved to Corona, Queens, with his wife Lucille in 1943. The couple spent the rest of their lives in the house. Thanks to the vision and financial support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, their residencestill containing its original furnishingsis a National Historic Landmark administered by Queens College. House tours explore the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong and include recordings of him enjoying a meal with Lucille at his dining room table, chatting with friends in his living room, and practicing the trumpet in his den. For more information on the Louis Armstrong House Museum, including directions, visit



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