Frank A. Thomas

Preacher, teacher, scholar, lecturer, author, and master coach

Strange Fruit

A Film Produced and Developed by SALT Project

Strange Fruit

“Who Writes the New Songs to Right the New Wrongs?” This film is the story of an American masterpiece, Strange Fruit, sung by Billie Holiday, the song TIME Magazine in 1999 called the “song of the century.”

On August 7, 1930, two African American teenagers Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were lynched. Abel Meeropol wrote a protest song entitled, “Strange Fruit.” The song became a signature of a young jazz singer Billie Holiday, empowering generations to believe in the power of music and the dignity of the human spirit. TIME Magazine in 1999 called [it] “the song of the century."

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