12-year-old Nina Simone refused to start singing after her parents were moved from the front row


Nina Simone was not just a exceptional music genius but she was also very strong civil rights activist.

She recorded more than 40 albums thru her life-time from 1958 to 1974. She was the sixth of eight children born to the family of Mary Kate and father named John Divine Waymon.

Both her parents worked hard and her mother was a Methodist minister and a house-made, Her father suffered from health issues. Her father also owned a dry cleaning business but the family still struggled from low income.


She was a natural when it came to music, she started playing piano at the age of just three. Her first song she learned was “God Be With You, Till We Meet Again” She started preforming at her local church.

At age 12 she was scheduled to preform and her parents had taken seats at the front row to see Simone preform, but they had been forced to give their seats up for white people and move all the way at the back of the hall. After realizing this Simone refused to proceed with the recital until her parents were given their seats back at the front. And they did!


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