Check out these videos that capture just a few selected moments in African American History!
Narrated by collector James Allen
Warning: Some images may not be appropiate for all viewers.
"Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who released her first recording of it in 1939, the year she first sang it. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it condemned American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all other regions of the United States. He set it to music and with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York venues, including Madison Square Garden.
David Kresh, Reference Specialist in Poetry in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the Library of Congress, discusses Langston Hughes and his poetry