In 1964 Nina Simone put the brakes on her burgeoning career in the US for all the right reasons. Having already achieved a certain amount of popular success prior to that time, Simone reacted strongly to the death of Medgar Evers in Mississippi and the bombing of a black church in Alabama by writing the song “Mississippi Goddam”. It was the beginning of Simone’s involvement in civil rights and the end of little old racist white folks enjoying her version of jazz standards. Still, she made over 40 recordings and died a music legend in 2003 at the age of 70.
Mississippi Goddam. Sorry this is just a still image, but the audio is good.
Four Women. Again no video but the lyrics–which are amazing–scroll through the video.
Ain’t Got No. Finally some actually video of Nina Simone.