Throughout history, protest songs have cried out against inequality, poverty and war, and in support of workers, civil and human rights. Learn about the evolution of American protest songs and some of the songwriters whose words and music served as catalysts for thought, action and social change. Listen to audio clips and find out about political music today.
STRANGE FRUIT tells a dramatic story of America's past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. Discover the fascinating story behind the anti-lynching song created by Jewish schoolteacher Abel Meeropol - who was also the adoptive father to the orphaned children of executed communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Filmmaker Q & A
Filmmaker Joel Katz discusses why he made STRANGE FRUIT, its relevance today and how audiences have reacted to the film.
Get extensive links to Web sites, articles, books and educational resources on protest music, Billie Holiday, lynching, civil rights issues and more.
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About INDEPENDENT LENS
Hosted by Angela Bassett, this anthology series showcases powerful and innovative independent programming. INDEPENDENT LENS is broadcast on PBS stations. Check local listings at www.pbs.org/independentlens.