She wrote a number of songs which became anthems for the cause such as "Young, Gifted and Black," borrowing the title of a play by Hansberry and "Four Women," which she penned chronicling the complex histories of a quartet of African-American female figures. Legend has it that Simone took anywhere between twenty minutes and an hour to write one of her most defining works in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing, “Mississippi Goddamn”- a song that became the anthem in the 1960s protests repertoire. This song represented the views and opinions that many black people had but feared to express. For Simone, who lived next door to Malcolm X in Mt. Vernon, New York, and whose first interaction with Martin Luther King, Jr. involved a heated declaration that her activism was on the “by any means necessary” part of the scale, the tune bore none of the turn-the-other-cheek wholesomeness of other protest songs.
Even though this was not a protest song sung in demonstrations or marches, it delivered the message of oppression and anger, fear, and sadness that the black community felt. The importance of Billie Holiday’s performance lies on the fact that a great part of their audience, similar to what would happen to Nina Simone, was white. She was one of the first people to turn entertainment into politics and therefore set a precedence for all that would come later. Her music made people aware of the reality of the South. As it has been explained, she first performed her song in the Café Society in New York, but would continue to do so in different stages during her entire career.
If she didn’t Suffrage most likely wouldn’t of been amended in 1920. Elizabeth Cady was born in Johnstown, New York on November 12, 1815. Margaret Livingston Cady, her mother, was a threatening woman. In her church, she insisted that female parishioners be allowed to vote for a new minister. She also despite her husbands harsh resistance, later supported the abolition movement to end slavery,
For example, in the forth stanza Angelou states “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?”. These lines display the theme set through out the poem by showing the fight that the African American people of America had for their civil rights in the 1950s-1960s. Angelou shows this in her writing by asking rhetorical questions to the people who were the oppressors of the African American community on how they would like to see them, but she shows that they will no longer be treated like a dog or a door mate they will stand up and fight for what they believe was a fight that could be won by them.
Since the 1960s “We shall overcome,” continues to develop as it goes around the world. Stuart Stott’s author of we shall overcome explains within his book, why the song evolve around the world through different protest movements, Countries, in south Africa during apartheid and China during the 1988 Tiananmen square protests. This song represents both a song and a symbol of freedom and resistance to oppression, giving it a significant role within the civil rights movement and any movement worldwide. "Alabama" song composed by John Coltrane played a significant role in the movement, as it showed how injustice events pushed the civil rights movement to fight harder and quicker for their freedom. On September 15th 1963, four girls Addie Mae Collins 14, Carol Robertson 14, Cynthia Wesley 14 and Denise McNair 11, died from a bombing attacked planted by
In 1938 she shaped a prolonged engagement at Cafe Society; the following year she joined Benny Goodman on a radio broadcast; she was regularly operating the massive New York theaters and the famous 52nd Street clubs, including Kelly's Stables and the Onyx Club all in addition to her recording successes. Two songs of the period are noteworthy: the first, "Strange Fruit," with a haunting lyric by Lewis Allan to which Billie contributed the music, is a graphic depiction of a lynching; her record company, Columbia, considered it too inflammatory and refused to issue it, but it was finally released by a small record company (Commodore) in 1939 and, ironically, became a big money-maker because of the tune on the record's other side, "Fine and Mellow," a blue written by Billie. Another tune always associated with her was "Gloomy Sunday," which was expressive of such profound despair that it was from the airwaves (the assertion was that it was inducive to
Langston Hughes is a well known as an American poet. Langston Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes on February 1, 1902, and died 65 years later May 22, 1967. Langston Hughes made his mark in literature during the Harlem Renaissance as more than just a poet. Langston Hughes was a novelist, playwright, and social activist. Through his works he spoke out on racism, inequality all while still celebrating Black Culture.
According to “Nicola Watson” the publication of little women in 1868 that talks about a founding myth of American girlhood. The story of a family of four girls and how they grow up during the American Civil War. (Louisa May Alcott, little women (1868-9)”p.13-17”. This essay will talks about the difference between four sisters and their dreams but the difference in the character of Jo and Laurie because they want to reach to their dreams but the society at that time refused the working woman like jo s character as well as Laurie wanted to work as a musician but the society refused this job and his father wants him to work as a business man. The second point will talks about Louisa May Alcott that defense the individual rights of men in the character of Laurie.
Carrie is very happy, but when she has told her mother, she threw her hot tea in Carrie's face. Margaret believes that the boys want only sex from the girls after getting their period. Carrie has told her mother that she wants to live a normal life, so she is going to the prom even without her permission. As a result of anger Carrie has
Another example of a black artist is Aretha Franklin, who wrote songs about women rising up and demanding ‘respect’ (5) in the country in which she lived, both as an African American and a woman, as shown by her song title. This song became ‘an important catalyst for the development of the feminist protest movement,’ (5). This highlights that the 1960s was a time filled with the desire to create social change through music. The musical revolution