Nina Simone Advocated For Change On And Off The Stage

Nina Simone
Leslie Taylor-Grover
September 8, 2021

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.

“You don’t have to live near me; just give me my share of equality.” 

We don’t have to assimilate into white communities or culture. We just want to be treated fairly!

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!

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