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Art is one of the ways one can experience a healing space. We have all experienced the power of the arts to heal and unite, to shine spotlights on inequity and injustice. How love, hope, fear, and anger can be translated into a song, mural, poem, or sculpture. We hope you find something here that speaks to you.

The song below is a famous song sung by Billie Holiday.  It is a song full of graphic and vivid imagery and the hard, ugly truth about the lynching of Black people in America.  Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who started the Equal Justice Initiative to challenge bias and inequity in the US justice system, stated that “We cannot heal the deep wounds inflicted during the era of racial terrorism until we tell the truth about it.  Only then can we meaningfully address the contemporary problems that are lynching’s legacy.” 

“Strange Fruit” was named “Song of the Century,” by Time in 1999 and was included in the National Recording Registry on January 27, 2003.

To learn more about this song: Billie Holiday + Strange Fruit 

Billie Holiday - "Strange Fruit" Live 1959 [Reelin' In The Years Archives]