For Monday, finish reading the Reagon interview with the handout I gave you in class today. Also read Malcolm X's speech "What does Mississippi have to do with Harlem"?
To prepare for your first essay:
Choose one of the songs from the first part of your packet that deals with the Civil Rights Movement up to 1964 ("Strange Fruit," "Spiritual Trilogy Medley," "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus," "Only a Pawn in Their Game," or "Mississippi Goddam.")
Listen to the song with the links posted below. If you want to poke around youtube a bit, listen to some other freedom songs of the Civil Rights movement. If you find a different one you want to use for your essay, drop me a note in the comments.
Once you've selected your song, describe your initial reaction to the song, why you're selecting it, and what more you still want to know.
Then choose one of the "secondary texts" we've read ("The Case Stated," "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain," the interview with Bernice Johnson Reagon, and the Malcolm X speech, "What Does Mississippi Have to Do with Harlem?" that you think will shed light on your song. Describe the relationship between the context/argument of this essay and the song. What light does each shed on the other?