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  • Ashley Medley

    "Strange Fruit" is a song written by Abel Meeropol and performed most famously by Billie Holiday. The song is about the brutal oppression and lynching of African Americans in the U.S. South. Among the song's many references, the poplar tree is referenced, as it is the state tree of Tennessee, where the original Ku Klux Klan was formed in 1865.

  • Lynne Polvino

    Some colored folks started singing a song right then, whispering the words in the gathering dark: 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 tree to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

  • Caitlin Sabers

    Play real music in your classroom! : "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday

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