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Documentary Screening & Discussion: “Strange Fruit”

March 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/Black body swinging in the Southern breeze/Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…”

These haunting lyrics made famous by Billie Holliday were surprisingly penned by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx. Discover the fascinating story behind Strange Fruit, the protest anthem of the ’40s that impacted millions during the civil rights movement and endures today.

Join us at Chapel Hill landmark, Varsity Theatre, for a screening of Strange Fruit, 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. A discussion will take place after the film’s screening. This event is made possible with support from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to RSVP 


March 10, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The Stone Center


Varsity Theatre
123 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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