Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit: The Haunting Tale of Lynching in America

From Wikipedia: “Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had reached a peak in the South at the turn of the century, but continued there and in other regions of the United States. The great majority of victims were black.[2] The song’s lyrics are an extended metaphor linking a tree’s fruit with lynching victims.[3] Meeropol set it to music and, with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York City venues in the late 1930s, including Madison Square Garden.

On April 20, 2018, I had the distinct honor of presenting, for the first time in known history, an audio-visual presentation of ‘Strange Fruit’ at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Saint Petersburg, FL. The event was in honor of  African American Women’s month. I am very proud of this work and hope to one day see it in mass production. Join me in spreading love, unity and enlightenment to help eradicate the practice of racism.


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