Louis Armstrong circa 1922
Louis Armstrong left New Orleans in 1922 to join Joe Oliver's Jazz Band in Chicago. The move proved to be a launching pad for a career that would last more than fifty years.
Mr. Armstrong proved that Jazz could be a way out of crime, low or no income, and poverty conditions. Mr. Armstrong's life and career served as a symbol and living proof of the potential of any individual to overcome social and economic obstacles in achieving success.
Mr. Armstrong proved that Jazz could supersede all social, racial, and economic barriers and serve as a catalyst for better human relationships throughout the world. Through dedication to his art form and universal love for his fellow man, Mr. Armstrong earned the position of national hero.
Mr. Armstrong's life, popularity and success served as a point of inspiration to more than five generations of underpriviledged citizens.
On May 5, 1985 the Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. was registered with the State of Louisiana, and received it's incorporation in 1989.
The Louis Armstrong Foundation Inc. mission is to expose as many Louisiana natives and United States citizens to New Orleans Jazz history and the life story, music and humanitarian contributions of Louis Armstrong as possible.
The Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. mission is to keep the name, life story and music of Louis Daniel Armstrong alive for present and future generations to know and continue to draw inspiration from.
The Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. mission is to create programs that will expose students at every grade level in school systems throughout America to
New Orleans Jazz history and the life of Louis Armstrong.
The Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. mission is to serve as a support team for the Louisiana State Museum's Jazz Collection and the existing Jazz community.
Louis Armstrong Foundation, Inc. Education, and Research staff at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans, LA. (L to R) Eddie Edwards, Desi Edwards, Joseph Stern, Tammy Morgan, Jay Emery