Are you familiar with the poignant and powerful song Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday? If you have never heard of this song, let me tell you, this is a song that speaks volumes! Strange Fruit is not a mere blues song or poem; it is a lyrical outcry and a vocal testament of the pain, frustration and racial violence that took place not too long ago. Strange Fruit, a poem originally written by Abel Meeropol under the pseudonym Lewis Allan and inspired by the unfair lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, was specifically written to address the racially motivated lynching of African Americans. Strange Fruit is a well written masterpiece that will tug at your heart and stir your soul, but after reading Strange Fruit and listening to Billie Holiday belt out the words from her heart, it is quite easy to see why it has earned a valuable place in history.