On July 23, 1942 Washingtonians packed Griffith Stadium to the gills for a special “Battle of Music” between African American jazz legend Louis Armstrong and white saxophonist Charlie Barnet. In segregated Washington of the 1940s, such an organized interracial competition was a big event and few people – especially in the black community that surrounded the stadium – wanted to miss the “musical fisticuffs.”
March is the time of year when we celebrate Women’s History and the Smithsonian has a gaggle of really exciting events prepared, starting with a special “Women’s History Month Family Day” tomorrow. Attendees will get the first look at the National Museum of American History’s special exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Women’s Suffrage Parade held in D.C.
It was quite a memorable occasion and not all for good reasons.
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