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December 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lillian Smith was one of the first white southern authors to denounce white supremacy, advocating for racial and gender equality. This earned her the label of “traitor” by some of her fellow southerners. Addressing the taboo and then-illegal notion of inter-racial marriage, Strange Fruit book was banned in several major cities, and at one point was forbidden to be delivered by U.S. mail.
|Published in 1944, the book had the same title as a Billie Holiday song released in 1939 that Holiday claimed was about lynching, but Smith claims the novel’s subject was much broader. In 1945 Smith adapted it into a play.|
Book Club: Strange Fruit, by Lillian Smith
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 2-3:30 p.m.
Discussion Moderator: Sherilyn Forrester
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