Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

Joel Christian Gill 



Like all legends, people fade away, but not before leaving an incredible legacy. Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face of great adversity. Each of the eight illustrated chapters chronicles an uncelebrated African American hero or event. Joel Christian Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on heroes whose stories are not often found in history books, such as Cathay Williams, the only known female Buffalo Soldier, and Eugene Bullard, a fighter pilot who flew for France during World War I. These beautifully illustrated stories offer a refreshing look at remarkable African Americans.

Reader Activities 

Choose a Narrative 

Choose a narrative from Strange Fruit Volume II. In the back of the book, the author provides a bibliography. A bibliography is a list of books referred to in a scholarly work or where the author received their information. Using the bibliography, and at least one other resource, write a list or story of at least 5 other points about the character. For each point, be sure to write out the bibliography at the end of the list or story. Use this guide as a tool to format your bibliography. 


The #28daysarenotenough movement is based on the belief that to segregate Black History Month, along with Women's History Month or Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, makes it seem as if their history isn't a part of the fabric of American History. We need to acknowledge all these groups have had in creating this great country of ours. The author, Joel Christian Gill, has dedicated his life to exposing people to stories that will inspire change within them selves and think about their own pathways to success.

Write a news article to your teacher, principal, or family introducing them to the #28daysarenotenough concept and an opinion article. Do you agree with the movement or disagree? Include at least two references from blogs, newspapers, or videos to support your opinion.

The Local Hero 

Many historical characters in Strange Fruit Volume II have been lost in American history but we learn that every story can teach us something about leadership, courage, and strength. Research someone in your community that has made a difference. If possible, visit your local museum, archives, or even community centers. Create a comic telling the story of this individual and include responses to the following question in story format:

  1. Who was this person?
  2. What did this person need to overcome and how did they accomplish it?
  3. What was the outcome of the conflict?
  4. How did this person help shape the history of your community or neighborhood?

Supplemental Videos and Materials 


Click HERE to listen to Joel Christian Gill talk about Strange Fruit 

Click HERE to read more about #28daysarenotenough