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“Southern trees bear a 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…”
Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, Strange Fruit exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. The song was made famous in 1939, when the legendary Billie Holiday sang it for the first time. 60 years later, Time magazine named it “Song of the Century”.