When Nina Simone penned and performed "Mississippi Goddam" following the June 1963 murder of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, and the September murders of four black, school-aged, children that same year, the intent was to put to music the horrific events that came to shape one of the most divisive periods in U.S. history.
At Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium Monday, the sounds that accompanied the Civil Rights movement were on full display as part of an annual program honoring the birthday and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who succumbed to an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968 in Memphis.
The music accompanying Ms. Simone's frightening narrative is perversely toe-tapping, but the intended purpose is to draw in the listener as she underscores what was, for many, a turning point of the Civil Rights era.
Members of both Borough Council and Township Committee like to say the two towns are "joined at the hip," and while there appears to be little of the personal animosity that is sometimes suspected between elected officials of the two towns, discussions have been tepid at best, barring the mandatory joint-municipal budget hearings, which oversee agencies like the Princeton Fire Department, the Princeton Regional Board of Health, and the aforementioned library.
Following a request in December for more information on a growing insect problem threatening trees throughout the entire region, Princeton Borough Council last Tuesday agreed to combat a pending gypsy moth outbreak.
As it agreed to in a recently approved program in Princeton Township, the state Department of Agriculture will fight what is anticipated as a heavy outbreak of gypsy moths this spring using an aerial suppression program over the Marquand Park area, near the Borough-Township municipal border.
at the following locations:
Kiosk (Palmer Square)
Krauszer's (State Road)
Speedy Mart (State Road)
Wawa (University Place)
Wawa (Route 518)