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Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

These sad words open the song “Strange Fruit.” The song was written by Abel Meeropol, and it was sung and made famous by Billie Holiday. The words expose racial hatred in America, especially in the killing of African Americans by hanging. In 1999, Time Magazine named “Strange Fruit” the “Song of the Century...

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