Blues project 2014: black and blue the fight for freedom



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Jena Dambek - piano

Andrew Walits - bass

Sam Baker - drums
3. STRANGE FRUIT
Up until 1964, blacks and whites were kept legally separated in most public places by what were known as “Jim Crow Laws.”  To tell us more about these laws….
Introduce: Alex Hinding to read report on Jim Crow Laws by Megan Bentley
Singer and civil rights activist Josh White was one of the most successful and important black musicians of his time.  He was invited by President Roosevelt to perform at the White House in 1941, becoming the first African-American to do so. Afterwards, the President asked White, "You know, Josh, when I first heard your song 'Uncle Sam Says,' I thought you were referring to me as Uncle Sam....Am I right?" White responded, "Yes, Mr. President, I wrote that song to you after seeing how my brother was treated in the segregated section of Fort Dix army camp.” Roosevelt was impressed by White’s bravery and honesty, and they struck up a friendship that would last until the president's death in 1945.  Though FDR was never able to desegregate the military before his death, his successor, Harry Truman was, three years later.

                       

                    Introduce:  Fruteland Jackson - guitar,vocals

                   






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