Gregory Blackstock, born before doctors used the word “autistic,” channels his neurodivergence into artistic acclaim.
"Strange Fruit," a song first recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939, has become an enduring anthem of American civil rights.
- Independent Lens
- Premiere Date
- April 8, 2003
- 60 minutes
- Funding Initiative
- Open Call
Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of a Bronx schoolteacher, the hit continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching. Strange Fruit shows how a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African American icon created a song that changed America.