Strange Fruit March 5 at School 33

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School 33 Film Series – Thursdays, March 5, 19, and April 2 | 6:30pm

School 33 will feature a three part series of films documenting the Civil Rights movement and its impact on American life, culture, and politics. This series also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, and is held in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination April 4, 1968. This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited so please RSVP. For more information please contact School 33 Art Center at 410-396-4641 or go to our website

March 5th | 6:30 | free | Strange Fruit | 57 minutes, 2002 | Producer/Director: Joel Katz

Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song’s evolution tells a dramatic story of America’s radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face- to- face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white – and death if Black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.

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