The Music of the Murders

The Music of the Murders

Forty years ago, the generation that shaped Southern hip-hop also lived through the Atlanta Child Murders, the kidnapping and killing of 30 African Americans between the ages of 7 and 27. With the murders in the public eye again and Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms’ recent decision to re-examine the evidence, Dr. Joycelyn Wilson investigates how her generation’s music was shaped by — and still memorializes — the trauma.

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“Mississippi Goddam”

“Mississippi Goddam”

In the spring of 1967, U.S. Sens. Robert Kennedy of New York and Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assess the effectiveness of the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty programs. The senators were stunned to witness the extremities of the state’s soul-crushing poverty, right in the middle of one of the wealthiest nations on earth.

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