2017-01-03 21:03:28

"Strange Fruit:" History of Anti-Lynching Song Rebecca Ferguson Has Demanded to Sing at Inauguration

As British singer Rebecca Ferguson says she’d be willing to accept an invitation to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration—but only if she’s allowed to sing Billie Holiday’s "Strange Fruit"—we discuss how the song was written by Lewis Allan, stage name for Abel Meeropol.

We speak with Abel Meeropol’s adopted son Robert Meeropol, biological son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were charged with conspiring to share nuclear secrets with the Soviet Union and executed on June 19, 1953. The Meeropol brothers are making a last-ditch appeal to President Obama to clear their mother’s name and posthumously exonerate her.

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