Eunice Kathleen Waymon better known as Nina Simone. Singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist.
Nina Simone 1933-2003
“To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense.”
“I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.”
“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. I mean, really, no fear!”
“It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.”
“As a political weapon, it has helped me for 30 years defend the rights of American blacks and third-world people all over the world, to defend them with protest songs. To move the audience to make them conscious of what has been done to my people around the world.”