First, listen to the following pieces of music: 

** Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’:

**Nina Simone’s ‘Mississipppi Goddam’

Second, choose to write about only one of the two pieces (you choose which)

1) What was Billie Holiday/ Nina Simone singing about? Do a little research as to the story behind the song and share a concise summary of what you find with the class. (In other words, what event/events is the song responding to when it was first sung?) Cite your source/s. Draw out the legal and moral issues that relate to what the song is responding to. (In other words, what was the  legal system, the court system or criminal justice system doing about those events?) In what way is the song still relevant day. How do you connect the events that the song is responding to with more recent or current events.

2) Describe your personal experience of the piece you wrote about. (What did you feel while listening? What part of it touched/struck you most and why.


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