This exciting news & programming from the National Black Theatre in Harlem is today’s #StrangeFruitMOTD and comes to us via WBGO.org:
“These are exciting times for the National Black Theatre in Harlem.
NBT was founded in 1968 by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, a fiercely committed dancer, actor, writer and artist activist. Dr. Ann Teer advocated for Black Theatres to be set up in Black communities and demanded that Black people support them. She wanted spaces where Black creatives, whether a playwright, poet, actor, or director could find a supportive environment in which to develop stories about who Black people really were and are, not the one dimensional characters created by White writers.
In remembrance of Juneteenth, another important project partnership with ALL ARTS, the New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub created by The WNET Group, the community-supported home of New York’s PBS stations, aired The Roll Call: The Roots to Strange Fruit. This was an encore presentation on ALL ARTS TV as part of a Juneteenth marathon. The film was conceived and directed by Jonathan McCrory as part of the All Arts Residential program, and it is a sonic opera that draws on historical documents from 1619 through to abolition, to explore the Black experience of slavery. “The Roll Call: The Roots to Strange Fruit” is streaming nationwide at AllArts.org/ArtistInResidence and on the free ALL ARTS app.”