By Kalyn Lilly
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'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.
Did You Know??
Crippled By Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Simone Found Herself Playing French Nightclubs for Chunk Change