Nina Simone’s voice wasn’t just for giving the world beautiful music. It was also for speaking truth to power, especially during a time when our people were killed for speaking out. These quotes not only inspire us but, like her music, demonstrate exactly why she was the Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.
“I think that the artists who don’t get involved in preaching messages probably are happier – but you see, I have to live with Nina, and that is very difficult.”
Ignorance can be “bliss” – but a truly fulfilling life means engaging with the world and speaking the truth.
“Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.”
Whether it’s economic inequity, police violence, or everyday discrimination, the U.S. still frequently treats us as sub-human. These words were true during Simone’s time, and remain true today.
Simone’s quotes vividly remind us that whatever we do, we can work to seek liberation as well as uplift the spirits of our people. We must always use our talents to inspire change!