Rebecca Ferguson, who was recently invited to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, said she would only perform under one condition.
The singer has requested that if she does perform on January 20 in Washington, D.C., she would like to sing “Strange Fruit,” which is one of the best-known songs about racism in America.
— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) January 2, 2017
“If you allow me to sing ‘Strange Fruit,’ a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial,” Ferguson started in her statement.
“A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington,” the statement read.
The song was first famously performed by legendary jazz musician Billie Holiday in 1939, and then later by Nina Simone.