Singer Rebecca Ferguson announced that she has been invited to perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony in Washington D.C. on Friday 20th January. Unlike other celebrities who are rumored to have turned down the offer, X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson took to Twitter to accept but on one condition – that she sings ‘Strange Fruit.’
The song was most famously sang by Billie Holiday in 1939. It is a well-known protest song about racism in America. Abel Meeropol originally crafted the poem haven seen an iconic photo of two African American men hanging from a tree. The message behind the ‘Strange Fruit’ song was inspired the lynching men.
Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
Lyrics taken from Metrolyrics.com
If Donald accepts Ferguson’s request, this could be a powerful standpoint for America and a proud historical moment.