President Kennedy’s Civil Rights address was written in response to the integration of the University of Alabama, in which heavy military guard was needed to allow African American students onto Alabama’s campus. His response, in conjunction with the speech, was a to propose a bill that would abolish discrimination at every level of society. This bill was passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In President Kennedy’s Civil Rights address, he states that “law alone cannot make men see right.” Nina Simone performed “Mississippi Goddam” at Carnegie Hall in 1964 in front of a predominantly white audience. When the concert album was released, “Mississippi Goddam” became one of the most cited songs of protest in the Civil Rights movement. It was also banned in most Southern states, reportedly because “Goddam” appeared in the title. Some of the lyrics are still enigmatic. For instance, the lines “This is a show tune/ But the show hasn’t been written for it, yet” suggest division between the sung song and the lyrics that comprise the song. So, you can choose one of the following questions to address in your blog post:
1) What does President Kennedy imply in the statement that “law alone cannot make men see right”?
2) What do you think Nina Simone is trying to say in the above highlighted lyrics?