Saturday, August 1, 2009

Strange fruit

In 1939, Billie Holiday reluctantly recorded a song called Strange Fruit which condemned American racism. Its haunting lyrics and sad soulful tune moved many people to re-examine the vile practice of lynching. Although lynching of blacks still took place even as late as 1981, the song brought to light for the first time the sadness and emotions of the black community.
While walking today, I spotted a strange fruit in a small tree. Immediately, I remembered Holiday's song, a reminder of what is required of me today:

Micah 6:8: the Lord has told you what is good,and this is what he requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.


Framing Images and Memories said...

I love this photo and the filter used. It gives the photo nice texture, just as the fruit would have, along with the tree. I love Billy Holiday's song too. That whole era had some amazing lyrics and music.

trishalyn said...

I like the texture of this image, and I enjoyed your story, too. I'm not familiar with that particular song, but I'll be sure to check it out! :-)

philmary said...

I know the song and a lot of Billy Holiday's sad story but your using the picture to go back to her and forward to Micah is very creative

Linda said...

I don't know the song, but I love the story (information) that accompanies the image. Nice connection. And I love the scripture.

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