Bryan Rivera

Written by Abel Meeropol, a White and Jewish teacher, “Strange Fruit” is a poem – and eventual song – that was invaluable in bringing awareness towards the horrendous violence Black Americans endured in the South. The song gained popularity when it was sung by Billie Holiday in nightclubs and bars across the nation. Her performances were rich in sorrow and pain, and she made the audience come face to face with the evil that lurked within the country. There is something beautiful that one of the most powerful works of arts of the Harlem Renaissance was delivered by two people from completely different backgrounds. While I’m no performer like Lady Day, I hope to deliver the message justly.

Special Thanks to Professors Mims for leading me to a rich world of arts.