February 21, 2024

Black History Month - Nina Simone

Nina Simone

February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003

  • Singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, and Civil Rights activist
  • Alwas included songs in her repertoire that drew upon her African American origins
  • Openly addressed the racial inequality prevalent in the United States with the song "Mississippi Goddamn" in 1964, which called for racial relations to change and fr more immediate developments
  • Her message to the public signified the transition from the non-violent approach to social change that was advocated by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Received Grammy Hall of Fame Award for interpretation of "I Love You, Porgy" in 2000
  • In 2010, a statue in her honor was erected on Trade Street in her native Tyron, North Carolina

Learn More!
National Women's History Museum
PBS - American Masters