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Photo provided by Wikimedia Commons Louis Armstrong, famed jazz trumpeter, seen here playing his instrument in this undated photo, first spoke out about desegregation in a 1957 Grand Forks Herald article.­

Trumpeting a challenge: New book on 1957 Little Rock showdown recounts key role played in Grand Forks by jazz great Louis Armstrong

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GRAND FORKS -- Larry Lubenow was a 21-year-old University of North Dakota journalism student in September 1957, a jazz aficionado who landed a plum "stringer" assignment from the Grand Forks Herald: interview Louis Armstrong, who was playing a one-night gig at Grand Forks Central High School.


What Armstrong said that night would reverberate far beyond Grand Forks.

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