Billie Holiday is one of the WOCAA – Women of Color and Accomplishment. WOCAA is a book in progress of my paintings and brief bios of Black women in American history. These are women who have accomplished much despite often facing discrimination or challenging backgrounds.
Billie Holiday 1915 – 1959
Billie Holiday was an American singer best known for her song “Strange Fruit” about the lynching of two Black men in Marion, Indiana in 1930. The FBI and Federal Bureau of Narcotics hounded her and damaged her career in retaliation for refusing to stop singing the song.