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Remembering Nina Simone as a Siren and Powerful Civil Rights Activist Remembering Nina Simone as a Siren and Powerful Civil Rights Activist
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Remembering Nina Simone as a Siren and Powerful Civil Rights Activist

by Yasha Wallin

February 22, 2013

Today marks the birthday of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, otherwise known as Nina Simone. The North Carolina-born singer, songwriter and composer, whose voice had the ability to silence rooms with performances to shake them, died in 2003 at age 70. She began singing early on in her church choir, but aspired to be a concert pianist, with Johann Sebastian Bach as her first influence. Her unique style evolved into a beautiful blend of classical, jazz, blues, R&B, and pop.

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Maybe the best way to celebrate Simone's legacy today is to listen to lyrics—to her truth—to see what we can still learn from her, ten years after her death.
 

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