Nina Simone was born in 1933, and became one of the most important musicians of the Civil Rights Era. A talented pianist, Simone was influential in several musical genres, including hip-hop, jazz, protest music and the blues. Simone's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement included benefit concerts, donations, and directly addressing injustice in her music. One of her most famous protest songs was "Mississippi Goddam", written after the murder of Medgar Evers, a field secretary for NAACP.
Simone died at the age of 70, leaving behind both a musical and cultural legacy that continues to inspire people worldwide.
(Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2022).