Nina Simone

By Kalyn Lilly


Place of Birth: Tyron, NC

Birthday: February 22, 1933 - April 21, 2003

Occupation: Pianist, Civil Rights Activist, Singer, Journalist

Death Carry-le-Rouet, France AKA Nina Simone Eunice Waymon Full Name Eunice Kathleen Waymon.

She is the Grammy Hall of Fame

During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, she decided to use her music as a channel for social change. She recorded various Civil Rights-themed songs: "Brown Baby," "Four Women," "Strange Fruit," and her original "Mississippi Goddam," which was inspired by the Medgar Evans assassination and the Alabama church bombing. It was banned in the South.


Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and '60s. A civil rights activist, she wrote songs promoting the Civil Rights Movement.


Nina Simone's work as an activist and singer should have a effect on all black women. Her songs were empowering and invigorating for not only black women, but black people all around. She was a social activist, unafraid to speak out or sing out against the social ills of racism and war.

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Did You Know??

Crippled By Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Simone Found Herself Playing French Nightclubs for Chunk Change