Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Mississippi Goddam" by Nina Simone

Throughout the 1960s the American South was rocked by an ongoing campaign of terror aimed at blacks; churches and homes were bombed and burned, and the culprits usually got away with it because they were often committed by the very people sworn to investigate such crimes. Either that or a jury of the culprit's peers - twelve white men - couldn't bring themselves to see justice done.

Nina Simone, the fiery singer-songwriter and pianist, wrote the song Mississippi Goddamn to commemorate and excoriate the terrible racism of the times, specifically the murder of Medgar Evers and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
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