Today's Strange Fruit mention comes from The Tennessee Tribune, highlighting a visual art project by Stanley Campbell Sr., the Memphis "Foot" Man. Campbell films himself in character to "remind, educate, and rebuild," and serve as a powerful embodiment of the courage displayed by the "gallant foot soldiers" who fought for justice and change in the 1960s.
Gone down a wrong road on a recent shoot in Mississippi, he says the lyrics of "Strange Fruit" came to mind. At first he was unnerved when he discovered he'd stumbled near to the site where Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney were murdered. Then he realized the location would serve his project's intentions well: to honor civil rights movement activists. “It was the best decision I’d made,” he says.