Are there any songs which represent the themes for Richard Wright's Black Boy?

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"Black Boy" is divided into two parts: "Southern Night," which explores Wright's formative years growing up in the Jim Crow South and "The Horror and the Glory" which documents Wright's political awakening and the different forms of racism and prejudice he encounters after moving North as a young adult. You might approach this assignment by choosing songs that correspond to each of these two sections.

"Southern Night": Soulful and mournful music that explores the social landscape and aggressively oppressive factors of the south would be appropriate here.

As a starting point, check out the following: "Strange Fruit" (Billie Holiday and Nina Simone both have amazing versions); "Mississippi Goddamn" (Nina Simone); and "The Death of Emmett Till" (Bob Dylan).

A few gospel songs or a traditional black spiritual to reflect the fortifying role that religion played in the lives of the women surrounding Wright might also be a thoughtful inclusion. Think about "Wade in the Water" or "Deep River,"...

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