The "High Priestess of Soul" Nina Simone

Jordan Coleman

Eunice Kathleen Waymon or known by her wide audience as Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tyron, North Carolina and died on April 21, 2003. She was a singer and civil rights and women’s activist, her musical career blended a variety of genres such as jazz, classical piano, folk and blues. She has plenty of songs that address her feelings and other African Americans feelings during the Civil Rights movement such as, “Mississippi Goddam” and “ To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, however the “Mississippi Goddam” was her most powerful song and changed her career for the better. This song discussed the inequality African Americans were facing and was even banned from being played on the radio because of its candid discussion of racism. Simone’s importance in the movement started when she was 12 at a classical recital  and her parents were forced to move from their seats to make room for the white people. After that she used her music to promote social change and used her voice to advocate black people and black females. Not only did she get her messages across with her singing, she also just used her voice and spoke at Civil Rights meetings such as Selma to Montgomery marches she also promoted a violent revolution during the movement.