The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Smithsonian is paying homage to a little-known, ethnically diverse all-female jazz ensemble called the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Founded in 1937, the group broke ground as they courageously toured the country — including the deeply segregated South — performing swing and jazz against the backdrop of some steep gender and racial tensions. In recognizing their efforts to integrate jazz, the Smithsonian will host a luncheon for members, who will attend as honored guests.

Learn more about The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

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