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#SatchmoFactoftheDay 20!

Louis (the American way) or Louie (the French way)? Despite being called Louie (Loo-EE) Armstrong for his entire life, it was discovered that Louis Armstrong preferred the American pronunciation of his name! Growing up in New Orleans, Louis interacted with a lot of African American Creoles who he felt thought they were better than he was because of their light skin. A lot of them claimed their French ancestry heavily despite receiving the same treatment as darker skinned African Americans. Thus, Louis Armstrong preferred Louis over Louie because in his words, he wasn't no goddamn Frenchman, he was Black. He was born black and was going to die black!


Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.