A civil rights activist, she recorded "Mississippi Goddam" after the bombing of a Baptist church in Alabama killed four children and after the murder of Medgar Evers. This song, often sung in civil rights contexts, was not often played on radio. She introduced this song in performances as a show tune for a show that hadn't yet been written.
In the 1960s, Nina Simone was part of the civil rights movement and later the black power movement. Her songs are considered by some as anthems of those movements, and their evolution shows the growing hopelessness that American racial problems would be solved.
On the Death of Martin Luther King.
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