THE PRESIDENT’S BLUESMAN
Josh White & Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y., between 1946 & 1948 (William P. Gottlieb 09111)
Writer: An Original Screenplay by ERIN HAZLEHURST
Producers: Joel Franco
From the Jim Crow South to the White House, this is the true story of the bluesman who used the power of his music to change the history of civil rights.
Traveling through the Jim Crow South in the Roaring Twenties, a shoeless bluesboy witnesses the coming of age of America’s most formative musical genre. After unprecedented success he recounts his life story to President FDR at the White House in 1941.
Based on true events, this is the story of Josh White, who uses his music as a powerful weapon in the fight for civil rights in America. First with President Roosevelt, and later with President Kennedy, Josh White and his mesmerizing blues help change the fate of a nation.