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Independent Lens Episode: "Strange Fruit"

Season 4, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: “Strange Fruit” explores the controversial song about lynching (“Black body swinging in the Southern breeze”) that was made famous by Billie Holiday's 1939 recording. Included: a 1958 Holiday performance of the song (plus snippets sung by Pete Seeger, Josh White and Cassandra Wilson), and a profile of its composer, Abel Meeropol, who later adopted convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's two sons. Says one of them: “Until the last racist is dead, 'Strange Fruit' will be relevant.”
Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2003
Guest Cast Dorothy Thigpen Billie Holiday Cassandra Wilson Josh White

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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