Thursday, February 5, 2009

When the writer of Strange Fruit (Jewish school teacher, Abel Meeropol) first heard Billie Holliday sing his song, he wept. The song was about the lynching of two black men - Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. It was banned from being played in the Southern states of the US. He originally wrote the song as a poem based on a harrowing photograph taken by Lawrence Beitler. The song is a famous anthem of the civil rights movement.

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