The Jazz Ambassadors

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Teams Up with Dizzy Gillespie

Clip: 03/27/2018 | 2m 15s

In 1955, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. convinced U.S. leaders that jazz was the best way to intervene in the Cold War cultural conflict, with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie becoming the first jazz ambassador to help counter Soviet stories about American racism.

Aired: 03/27/18

Rating: NR

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