History of a Protest Song

Movie series to show Strange Fruit

Movies that Matter Beacon will screen the documentary Strange Fruit at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31. The film examines an anti-lynching song written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist, and recorded by Billie Holiday, as well as other protest songs, while weaving together the lives of civil rights leaders, radical teachers and organizers and the music industry. Filmmaker Joel Katz and guest Michael Meeropol will answer questions following the film.

Billie Holiday recording Strange Fruit in 1939 (Photo by Charles Peterson, courtesy of Don Peterson)

In addition, Katz will preview 17 minutes of his documentary-in-progress, The People of the #1 Bus, in which he uses a New Jersey bus stop to examine the lives of the working poor.

The free event takes place at the First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St. See moviesthatmatterbeacon.org.


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