Note the links no longer work-pulled from You Tube and Artists Networks.org is no longer?
“The bombing of the little girls in Alabama and the murder of Medgar Evers were like the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that made no sense until you had fitted the whole thing together. I suddenly realized what it was to be Black in America in 1963, but it wasn’t an intellectual connection …it came as a rush of fury, hatred and determination. In church language, the Truth entered into me and I `came through.’ …An hour later I came out of my apartment with the sheet music for ‘Mississippi Goddam” in my hand. It was my first civil rights song and it erupted out of me quicker than I could write it down.” — Nina Simone. Source Artists Network.org (Don’t work appears to have dissolved into the ether)
Reposted from Wigley 2007.