Compiled by Mercy Junction Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister

“There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.” ~ Nina Simone

Legendary performer Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and ’60s, later enjoying a career resurgence in the ’80s. A staunch Civil Rights activist, she was known for tunes like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Young, Gifted and Black” and “Four Women,” among many others.

Nina Simone’s activism became public she was only 12 years old. While playing at a classical recital her parents had to give away their seats for white audience members. Simone refused to play until her parents were restored to their original seats.

The murder of Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi and the white supremacist terrorist bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on 15 September 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama angered Nina Simone, and she turned her powerful voice towards civil rights. In response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the Baptist church she brought out the very harsh song “Mississippi Goddamn”. Simone would protest the Vietnam War by refusing to pay taxes leading her to take exile in Barbados.

“Four Women” tells the story of four different African-American women. Each of the four characters represents an African-American stereotype in society.

Today’s Action: Learn the history of the things you participate in to find who some unknown (s)heroes are.

Today’s Sharing:  Share a story of someone who is your hero or shero and how they made your life better.  facebook.com/holyhereticzine

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