Strange Fruit: "Mourning Mothers"

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

In this current climate of a racial and spiritual revolution, I thought it necessary to repost an old yet poignant fashion story, Strange Fruit. This series was curated by myself and Krystal Walton. I wanted to start by quoting the lyrics of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit":

Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees Pastoral scene of the gallant South The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck For the rain to gather For the wind to suck For the sun to rot For the tree to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop

"Mourning Mothers"

Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Gwen Carr, Mamie Till just to name a few, have been women who have been thrust into the spotlight. Not for the reasons they'd imagined. But because they, along with countless other black mothers, were forced to bury their children because of police brutality and racism! With the recent murder of George Floyd, the world watched as he cried out for his mother, having the life snuffed out of him. These vicious acts aligned with the same spirit that led slave masters to rip black babies from their mother's arms. But the tide is turning. The blood of these countless victims has cried out from the ground. The tears of the mothers have filled the bowls of intercession and they are now being tipped over! The changed they've cried for is here. The death of their children will NOT be in vain! Let's fight the good fight! Make sure you vote, support black businesses, keep protesting and DO NOT KEEP SILENT! Speak up for what is right! Pray for Justice to come quickly. Not just for George Floyd, but for other men and women who haven't made the news. Keep in touch with me by signing up for The Jones Girl World Mailing List here!

Love you all,

The Jones Girl