How Did Nina Simone Influence The Civil Rights Movement

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The soulful queen of R&B, blues, and jazz stood as a figure of raw talent, resilience, and most of all grace. She captured the essence of a strong black woman. She emerged in the 50’s and 60’s, captivating people with her raspy voice and beautiful music training. As a devoted Civil Rights activists, Ms. Simone used her platform as a singer to fight the cause. She was known for songs such as “Mississippi Goddam," "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Feeling Good”.
She didn’t feed on fame, she used it to expand the work that others were doing. Before she would be known as Nina Simone, on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina, Eunice Kathleen Waymon was born. As a young girl, playing piano in church she felt,“I was a black girl and I knew about it.” She realised the effect of racism when the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia rejected her application because she was black. After …show more content…

She sought to sing the truth and share it to anyone that would listen. She inspired many performers including Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. Lauryn Hill wrote “ because I fed on this music … I believed I always had a right to have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift”(Lauryn Hill). Indeed that was true, Nina Simone inspired a new generation of talented artists to have the courage to express their talents. Her voice continues to live on through television and film soundtracks. Two documentaries on Nina Simone’s life were released in 2015: The Amazing Nina Simone, directed by Jeff L. Lieberman and What Happened, Miss Simone?, from Netflix. The project’s detailed hard aspects of Simone's life. The project’s included the abuse Simone endured from her ex-husband and also the aduse her daughter received from her mother. What Happened, Miss Simone? later received an Oscar nomination for best

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