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Was Lead Belly a protest singer? A conversation with NMAAHC director Lonnie Bunch III | Folkways Lead Belly is “the hard name of a harder man,” said Woody Guthrie of his friend and fellow American music icon who was born Huddie Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949).



Although Lead Belly sang songs such as “Bourgeois Blues” and “Jim Crow Blues,” was he a protest singer? Hear historian and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III’s take on the subject.

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African American Music, Black Music, African American History, Black History, Lead Belly, Huddie Ledbetter, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African American Music, Black Music, African American History, Black History, Lead Belly, Huddie Ledbetter, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Biography.com).