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Shot on James Meredith

J.B. Lenoir
Language: English

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[1966]
Militante per i diritti civili, primo studente nero all’università del Mississippi (in cui nel 1962 entrò scortato da agenti federali), il 6 giugno 1966 James Meredith fu ferito in un attentato di suprematisti bianchi mentre partecipava alla "marcia contro la paura", 220 miglia da Memphis, in Tennessee, a Jackson, in Mississippi.

Shot on James Meredith, foto di Jack R. Thornell (gli valse il Pulitzer)
Shot on James Meredith, foto di Jack R. Thornell (gli valse il Pulitzer)


Lenoir morì per un infarto l’anno successivo, a soli 37 anni…
James Meredith abbandonò in seguito la causa nera, aderì al Partito Repubblicano e divenne addirittura consulente di un politico che a suo tempo era stato un segregazionista…
June the 6th 1966
They shot James Meredith down just like a dog
Mr. President I wonder what are you gonna do know?
I don't believe you're gonna do nothing at all

He was marching to Mississippi
Lead my peoples what he thought was right
Last I heard of my boy James Meredith
Some evil man shot to take his life

I was looking at Dick Gregory this morning
He said I had to take a plane
The newspaper man asked what do you think you gonna prove
He said I'm gonna lead these people just like James Meredith do

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2016/1/14 - 11:50


Last verse should read:

I was looking at Dick Gregory this morning
He said I had to take a plane
The newspaper man asked what do you think you gonna prove
He said I'm gonna lead these people just like James Meredith do


Thanks, we updated the lyrics

2017/4/7 - 16:22



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