Today, 17 July 2012 is the 53 anniversary of the death of Billie “Lady Day” Holiday.
She rests quietly in a modest plot in St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.
Few are those who visit her gravesite. Yet, her distinctive voice is never quiet on the radio, television clips, and recordings.
She sleeps the sleep of the just after a hard life; a victim of racism, drugs, bad men, and at the hands of the State who arrested and humiliated.
Long dead, but not forgotten and admired and revered is our Lady Day.