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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:04 am

“Southern trees bear strange fruit/ Blood on the leaves and blood at the root.”

These are the opening lines of “Strange Fruit,” the iconic 1937 song about lynching popularized by jazz legend Billie Holiday. While Holiday’s heartfelt rendition turned the song into one of the anthems of the civil rights movement, the song was actually written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish teacher from New York.

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