Texts: Luke 23:13-25, Acts 5:29-30
Speaker: Joel Miller
In 1999 Time Magazine named its top choices for different categories of the 20th century. The person of the century, according to Time was…Albert Einstein. The most prominent scientist in a century where science was prominent.
In a slightly less consequential category: The best TV show of the century went to The Simpsons. Best film: Citizen Kane. Children’s book: Charlotte’s Web, by EB White. Best comedy routine: “Who’s on first?” by Abbot and Costello.
Best poem of the 20th century: The Wasteland by TS Elliot. Best Album: Bob Marley’s Exodus.
Time Magazine also selected what it considered to be the song of the century. It was first recorded in 1939 by Billie Holiday – A song the BBC suggested might be the most shocking song of all time. “Strange Fruit,” that’s the song. These are the lyrics:
Southern trees bearing strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the roots
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
Them big bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia, clean...