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Image “Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set” courtesy of Robert Meeropol.

Nominated by Roger Cunningham, who writes: “Not only did he write Billie Holiday’s classic song STRANGE FRUIT, which plays a major role in the Holiday’s death and the ravages of the War on Drugs, but he adopted the orphaned children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg!”

New York Times obituary

Significance of “Strange Fruit.”

Read the poem.

Listen to story on NPR.