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        The Jazz Ambassadors | Louis Armstrong and the Civil Rights Movement

        Learn about the role of Louis Armstrong in the national debate surrounding the story of the Little Rock Nine, a critical moment in the Civil Rights Movement, in this video from The Jazz Ambassadors. The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine black students who enrolled at a formerly all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1957. Armstrong, a beloved American jazz musician, famously criticized the government for their lack of action in response to the horrendous treatment of the nine students by those protesting school integration. The support materials for this resource include discussion questions, an informational text, and teaching tips to further engage students.

        To learn more about how the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement collide in a remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race, visit The Jazz Ambassadors website or collection page.

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