"Mississippi Goddam" (1964) - Nina Simone
Written as a response to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, the Nina Simone penned "Mississippi Goddamn" also shines an illuminating light on the unjust police mistreatment and unlawful arrest of peaceful protesters, many of whom were barely out of school. The transcendent recording was banned by several southern states that feigned outrage that the song included a curse word in its title. But Simone and her supporters knew better.
Lyrics To Fight For: "Hound dogs on my trail/School children sitting in jail/Black cat cross my path/I think everyday's gonna be my last/Lord, have mercy on this land of mine/We all gonna get it in due time/I don't belong here, I don't belong there/I've even stopped believing in prayer."