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2024 Arts Theme: Jazz Tote

2024 Arts Theme: Jazz Tote

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Introducing our new ASALH African Americans and the Arts Theme Merch: Colorful Totes featuring iconic black creatives. This double-sided tote features African American Jazz Musicians Nina Simone and Nat King Cole.


• 100% Polyester
• Boxed corners
• Black inner stitching, transparent thread on hems.
• Black cotton handles
• With non-woven laminate inside
• Assembled in the USA from globally sourced parts

Height, in 16.00
Length, in 15.00
Width, in 3.46
Handle height, in 14.00
Handle width, in 1.00


Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, was a pioneering figure in Black history, renowned for her multifaceted contributions to music and civil rights. As a gifted singer, pianist, and songwriter, Simone infused her performances with a profound sense of emotion and authenticity, effortlessly blending jazz, blues, gospel, and classical influences. Beyond her musical genius, Simone fearlessly used her platform to advocate for racial equality and social justice, notably with songs like "Mississippi Goddam" and her iconic rendition of "Strange Fruit." Her activism extended beyond the stage, as she participated in civil rights demonstrations and lent her voice to the struggle for freedom and equality. Nina Simone's indelible mark on both music and the fight for civil rights continues to inspire and resonate with audiences worldwide, cementing her legacy as a transformative figure in Black history.


Nat King Cole, born Nathaniel Adams Coles, was a groundbreaking African American musician whose velvety voice and unparalleled talent left an indelible mark on music history. Emerging as a jazz pianist and vocalist in the 1940s, Cole quickly rose to fame, becoming one of the most iconic figures in American popular music. He broke racial barriers by becoming the first black performer to host his own television show, "The Nat King Cole Show," in the 1950s, despite facing significant racial prejudice and opposition. Cole's success not only paved the way for future generations of black entertainers but also challenged societal norms and contributed to the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equality. His enduring legacy continues to inspire and uplift, solidifying his place as a trailblazer in both music and black history.

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