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Unformatted text preview: During their tenure together they made many recordings and in 1949 Louie was the first Jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. After the 1957 Little Rock Crisis (nine black students were denied entry into a high school), when the National Guard prevented nine black students from entering a high school, Armstrong canceled a tour to the Soviet Union, and said publicly, “the way they’re treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell.” Armstrong was extremely influential because of his involvement in the civil rights campaign. He showed the black population that he was willing to risk his popularity as a performer in order to get justice. This was exceptionally admirable because he had such a prosperous life for being an African American who grew up in the south and was willing to put that in jeopardy for the rights of others who were less fortunate....
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- Microeconomics, Earl Hines, Louie Armstrong, influential American jazz, piece small group