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Music Moves the Soul Nina Simone: Singer, Pianist, Political & Social Activist
High Priestess of Soul <ul><li>In the beginning… </li></ul><ul><li>Playing piano at age 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Raised in humb...
In the Movement <ul><li>Mississippi Goddam: </li></ul><ul><li>inspired by killings   and church bombing in Alabama </li></...
African-American Culture <ul><li>Identified with struggle of the civil rights movement through her persona as well as her ...
Activism through Song <ul><li>Music = Political Weapon </li></ul><ul><li>______________ </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional approa...
In the Revolution <ul><li>Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Lyrical Excerpt </li></ul><ul><li>“ And now we got a revolution </l...
Martin Luther King, Jr. Why? (The King of Love is Dead)   <ul><li>Will the murders never cease,  Are thy men or are they b...
Her music lives on today… <ul><li>Her songs motivated the souls of those who needed uplifting </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke to t...
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Nina Simone & Social Change

Ms. Alvarado's presentation for "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change."

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Nina Simone & Social Change

  1. 1. Music Moves the Soul Nina Simone: Singer, Pianist, Political & Social Activist
  2. 2. High Priestess of Soul <ul><li>In the beginning… </li></ul><ul><li>Playing piano at age 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Raised in humble household </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Julliard School of Music </li></ul><ul><li>Denied admission to Curtis Institute of Music </li></ul><ul><li>Limited personal experience with racism </li></ul>
  3. 3. In the Movement <ul><li>Mississippi Goddam: </li></ul><ul><li>inspired by killings and church bombing in Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Lyrical Excerpt: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hound dogs on my trail </li></ul><ul><li>School children sitting in jail </li></ul><ul><li>Black cat cross my path </li></ul><ul><li>I think every days gonna be my last </li></ul><ul><li>Lord have mercy on this land of mine…” </li></ul><ul><li>To Be Young, Gifted and Black: </li></ul><ul><li>known as an anthem of civil rights movement </li></ul><ul><li>Lyrical Excerpt: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Say it clear, say it loud, I am Black and </li></ul><ul><li>I am proud!” </li></ul>
  4. 4. African-American Culture <ul><li>Identified with struggle of the civil rights movement through her persona as well as her song </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of wardrobe changed gradually as her political views became louder </li></ul>
  5. 5. Activism through Song <ul><li>Music = Political Weapon </li></ul><ul><li>______________ </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional approach </li></ul><ul><li>Raw lyrical content </li></ul><ul><li>Political undertone </li></ul><ul><li>______________ </li></ul>
  6. 6. In the Revolution <ul><li>Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Lyrical Excerpt </li></ul><ul><li>“ And now we got a revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Cause I see the face of things to come </li></ul><ul><li>Yeah, your Constitution </li></ul><ul><li>Well, my friend, its gonna have to bend </li></ul><ul><li>I’m here to tell you about destruction </li></ul><ul><li>Of all the evil that will have to end.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Why? (The King of Love is Dead) <ul><li>Will the murders never cease, Are thy men or are they beasts? What do they ever hope, </li></ul><ul><li>ever hope to gain? </li></ul><ul><li>Will my country fall, stand or fall? Is it too late for us all? And did Martin Luther King </li></ul><ul><li>just die in vain? </li></ul>He was for equality, For all people you and me, Full of love and good will, hate was not his way. He was not a violent man. Tell me folks if you can, Just why, why was he shot down the other day? ”
  8. 8. Her music lives on today… <ul><li>Her songs motivated the souls of those who needed uplifting </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke to the heart as much then as they do today </li></ul><ul><li>Captivate the ear and make the mind think twice. </li></ul><ul><li>Her passion and strong voice elevated broken spirits. </li></ul><ul><li>Her voice as an instrument to voice the truth raise awareness of during the civil rights era </li></ul>

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