Historical Marker Dedicated in Tallahassee, Florida

Aug 10, 2021

This Strange Fruit Mention of the Day comes from our friends at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): “On July 17, the Tallahassee Community Remembrance Project gathered with EJI and community members… Read More
Robert Meeropol, RFC Founder & son of Abel Meeropol, delivers a presentation on "Strange Fruit the Inside Story" for World Fellowship Center's June 26th 2021 virtual event

Aug 03, 2021

ICYMI: A thorough and personal reflection from RFC Founder Robert Meeropol about his father Abel Meeropol and his anti-lynching protest song "Strange Fruit." This is a recording from the World… Read More
Photo of activist artist Jean Rohe with her guitar at the microphone in performance.

Jul 04, 2021

An alternative anthem that we love from Activist Artist, Jean Rohe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay1iC1zt24A. #artistsasactivists #strangefruit
Black and white photo of Abel Meeropol, author of "Strange Fruit"

Jun 25, 2021

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: Announcing a 2nd(!) opportunity next week to hear from RFC Founder Robert Meeropol: a new online event, "Strange Fruit, the Inside Story," hosted by the World… Read More
Close-up, black and white photo of Billie Holiday singing

Jun 14, 2021

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: The lyrics to "Strange Fruit" were not subtle; the song's author Abel Meeropol juxtaposed the "pastoral scene of the gallant south" against graphic depictions of… Read More
Collage of iconic Black musicians

Jun 04, 2021

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.” -Nina Simone #artistsasactivists #strangefruit
Artwork described in post. Credit: Percy C. King American, born 1977 Strange Fruit 2020 Birch plywood, Masonite, compressed particle board, and pigment Museum Purchase, Derby Fund

May 25, 2021

No more #strangefruit. #artistsasactivists #justiceforgeorgefloyd
Black and white photo of Billie Holiday singing at the microphone, close-up, cropped to see only her face. Her hair is done up with her signature white gardenia flower tucked behind her ear.

May 24, 2021

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: Billie Holiday was initially hesitant to perform "Strange Fruit," an anti-racist protest song written by a communist poet and teacher, Abel Meeropol. And for good… Read More
Portrait of Nina Simone in black and white, she is centered against a black backdrop. Her right arm crosses her body. She looks down and to her left.

May 19, 2021

Strange Fruit Mention of the Day: "Many decades after it was first recorded by Billie Holiday, 'Strange Fruit' continues to be terrifyingly resonant. The song, which verbalizes the horrors of racism… Read More
Pete Seeger entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt, honored guest at a racially integrated Valentine's Day party marking the opening of a canteen for the United Federal Workers of America, a trade union representing federal employees, in then-segregated Washington, D.C. Photographed by Joseph Horne for the Office of War Information, 1944. Credit: Wikimedia.

May 13, 2021

Artists as Activists Mention of the Day: In his fascinating review of Aaron Leonard's new book, The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, the Folk Artists and the Suppression of the Communist Party,… Read More
Black and white photo or Billie Holiday singing on stage in front of a microphone. She wears a floral patterned dress and a fur stole. Her eyes are closed, head tilted to the left, she is singing. 4 band members accompany her including 2 saxophonists, 1 trumpet, & 1 upright bass player. All wear suits. A piano and music stands are visible.

Apr 27, 2021

Sharing this excellent piece about the history of the iconic protest song "Strange Fruit" for today's joint Strange Fruit & Rosenberg Mention of the Day: From the article, "In the 21st century, '… Read More