Billie Holiday

The anti-lynching song Strange Friut which was written by Able Meeropol who also wrote The house I live in. 

Strange Fruit

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

Black bodies swaying in the Southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the popular trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,

Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,

For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,

Here is a strange and bitter fruit.

This was written after the lynching of Thomas Shipping and Abram Smith who were African American men who were lynched on August 7th 1930.

When Billie Holiday sang ‘Strange fruit’, she never moved. Her hands were down. She didn’t even touch the mike. With the little light on her face. The tears never interfered with her voice, but the tears would come and just knock everybody in that house out.

Strange fruit is a reminder of least we forget the atrocities that has happened to African Americans. Therefore, black history month will always be relevant.

Source; Wishing on the moon by Donald Clarke





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