Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Norman Granz and Ella Fitzgerald at a microphone, 1950. (Ella Fitzerald Papers, NMAH Archives Center)

How Norman Granz Revolutionized Jazz for Social Justice

Norman Granz is often remembered for his artist management of legendary jazz musicians or for being a record producer and label owner, but he should be remembered most for his intense dedication to integration. Granz fought Jim Crow America, identifying the potential of jazz music to combat racial inequality.

Photograph for a Coca-Cola ad featuring Selena, 1994. Photo by Al Rendon. (NMAH)

How Do We Remember Selena?

Lena Richard (Image courtesy of Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University)

How Chef Lena Richard Became a Culinary Icon and Activist