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    Many community leaders such as Ida B. Wells and James Weldon Johnson dedicated their lives to social justice and equal rights. These leaders went on to create organizations like the NAACP to ensure the civil and political rights of African Americans. Nevertheless, many southern African Americans are still haunted by the aftermath of lynching. “The horror of these crimes still weighs heavily on black communities in the South, where lynching memories are often vivid. The anguish is made worse by the realization that some of the killers are still alive and may never be prosecuted” . Between the years of 1882 and 1968, there were more than 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced to congress. Yet, there was not ever one passed. However, in 2005 the United States Senate showed remorse for not acting during this time. “The Senate is apologizing not for something it did, but for something it failed to do. It never approved a law against lynching” . Had action been taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s, or had the Dryer Anti-Lynching bill passed, lynching’s would have been classified as a felony allowing the federal courts to prosecute cases, taking it out of the hands of state and local…

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    Strange Fruit

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    swingin’ in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees” (3-4). The poem “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol was published in 1937. It sets a deep tone on how racism occurred back in the 1930s. Meeropol was an ordinary high school teacher who went on to teach English for seventeen years. He was also a poet and social activist. Meeropol was troubled at the racism going on in America. He was inspired to write this poem after seeing a photograph of two teenagers; Thomas Shipp…

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    transmission is music. Feelings, ideas, movements, and trends can all be conveyed through a single song. Kanye West’s song, Blood on the Leaves, is a timeless piece that is meant to reach anyone who will listen, and tell a story of lost love and history. The quiet piano riff that introduces Nina Simone’s voice in the beginning. This signals the fragility of the song, but the high pitched drums and horns bring us back to West’s plot line. The integration of Nina Simone’s rendition of Strange…

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    Symbolism In Strange Fruit, By Billie Holiday

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    believed to have been published in the Marxist publication The New Masses" (Heft 5). Meeropol had graduated from Dewitt Clinton in 1921; he later went on to teach English there for 17 years. He was also a poet and a social activist, Meeropol was disturbed and upset about the continuation of racism in America, and seeing a picture of a lynching put him over the edge. A man named Pelison Who wrote about Meeropol writes "Meeropol once said the photograph "haunted" him "for days." So he wrote a poem…

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    were sent about the stance on lynchings. Claude A. Clegg III writes, “It simultaneously signaled that lynchings were becoming unacceptable expressions of extralegal retribution and confirmed that local and state authorities were limited in their willingness to pursue lynch mobs.” Hall’s prosecution brought to light a union of political and cultural trends that had distinguished southern history since the slave emancipation in 1865. As a social phenomenon, lynching had gradually developed to…

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    Ida B Wells Civil War

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    the loss of their colored customers. Wells research led her to discover many other cases where lynch mobs had murdered African American men and women. She recognized the lack of public awareness and the need for laws against lynching. Most difficult for her to understand, were the excuses for these “crimes” where men and women had been put to death. In one of her articles she explains the excuses of the white man. “The first excuse given...for the murder of unoffending Negroes was the…

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    Southern Horrors Summary

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    journalist and one of the early leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, investigated the reasons behind these lynchings. According to Wells, whites used a variety of excuses to justify their murders, claiming that they were stopping race riots, protecting the “White man’s government,”…

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    Strange Fruit

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    several years ago, this poem captures a great feeling of acceptance since it shows how African-Americans of the past were not accepted or treated as people; which is something relevant and relatable to this day. “Strange Fruit” protests against African-American lynching during the 1930s as it was common in the South. It narrates the sadness, desperation, and sorrow of many African-Americans that were oppressed by the white supremacy of the Jim Crow laws. Through the use of irony and metaphor,…

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    from the poplar trees… The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth… the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh” (Meeropol). The poem “Strange Fruit” was written by Abel Meeropol and published in 1937 was a poem that not only disturbed many, but made them realize the appalling actions of the whites encouraging to lynch many blacks on August 7, 1930. After the poem was published on April 20,1930, it was soon sung by famous singer Billie Holiday who originally brought the poem to many people's attention and…

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    Lynching or trial by mob has been a popular way to punish upstarts in America for hundreds of years. According to history and legend, Judge Charles Lynch, was the first to coin the term for the practice in North America; during the mid-1700s. This method, rule and trial by mob, has been recorded throughout history; since the dawn of man. Whether you look at the mob that sent Christ to the cross or the pogroms in imperial Russia in the 1800s, this method of justice is timeless. In the piece…

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