The singer and activist who inspires us to walk in freedom
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon and known as the “High Priestess of Soul”, Nina Simone (1933-2003) was a musician and singer who became one of the most powerful voices of the civil rights movement.
“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.”
A talented musician who could play the piano from the age of three, Nina Simone dreamed of becoming a classical pianist. Her ambition of becoming America’s first black, female concert pianist was cut short when she was refused admission to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A decision she believed was racially motivated. Instead, Nina became one of America’s most iconic and beloved singers, renowned for hits such as; I Loves You, Porgy, Feeling Good and My Baby Just Cares For Me.
But Nina Simone’s legacy goes far beyond the songs she made famous. She was a passionate campaigner and a prominent civil rights activist. She became involved in the movement in the 1960s, performing at marches and addressing civil rights in songs such as Young, Gifted and Black, which became an anthem of the movement.
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Nina Simone’s wardrobe was as fearless as her performances. She was not afraid to make a statement; rocking a kaftan and head scarf combo, sinuous and sensual evening dresses, and mesh jumpsuits with equal aplomb.