“Mississippi Goddamn” is a song written by Nina Simone, a fierce black woman who made social commentary with her music. The song pertains to the civil rights of Black Americans. It addresses the murders of Emmett Till and Medgar Evers in Mississippi, and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama which killed 4 children. The combination of the serious subject matter with a happy sounding show tune showcases the unique artistry of Nina Simone.
I’ve modified the lyrics to reflect this year.
Louisville: Breonna Taylor (Shot to death by plain clothed police officers)
Southern Georgia: Ahmaud Arbery (Gunned down while jogging)
Minnesota: George Floyd (Crushed and suffocated by a police officer)