Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddam” (1964)

“Racial discrimination is a problem of the present. With the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump filling our tv screens and newspapers with racist remarks and comments, and as police violence towards black people keeps on claiming lives, Nina Simone’s outrage in 1964 ‘Mississippi Goddam’ reflects that of many today. The song was written after the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Mississippi in June 1963, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed 4 black girls As Song Fact reports, Simone said in I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft, ‘When I heard about the bombing of the church in which the four little black girls were killed in Alabama, I shut myself up in a room and that song happened. Medgar Evers had been recently slain in Mississippi. At first I tried to make myself a gun. I gathered some materials.’ …”
Words In The Bucket (Video)
W – “Mississippi Goddam”
W – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
W – 4 Little Girls, Spike Lee
Memoir in a Melody: The Outrage in Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddam’


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