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Black History Month

History-makers of Southeast Louisiana

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

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Louis Daniel Armstrong (1901-1971)

Also known as “Satchmo” and “Pops”

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901. He is remembered as the most influential artist in the early development of jazz. His influence, both as an artist and cultural icon, is universal and is still relevant today.

Career highlights, compiled by the Louis Armstrong House Museum: ​

  • Developed a style of playing jazz, as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, that is still influencing musicians today.​​​
  • Recorded hit songs for five decades, and his music is still heard today on television and radio and in films.​
  • Wrote two autobiographies, more than ten magazine articles, hundreds of pages of memoirs, and thousands of letters.​
  • Was the only black jazz musician to publicly speak out against school segregation in 1957. His protest reverberated around the world and led the State Department to urge the restoration of civil rights for black Americans.​
  • So popular that warring sides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa temporarily stopped fighting in 1960 to attend an Armstrong concert.​
  • Appeared in more than thirty films (over twenty were full-length features) as a gifted actor with superb comic timing and an unabashed joy of life.​
  • Composed dozens of songs that have become jazz standards.​
  • Performed an average of 300 concerts each year, with his frequent tours to all parts of the world earning him the nickname "Ambassador Satch," and became one of the first great celebrities of the twentieth century.

Explore these links to learn more about the amazing life of Louis Armstrong:


The books listed below are available for you at Sims Memorial Library.