Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the "Eunice Waymon Fund", she could continue her general and musical education. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York.
Eunice made so much progress that in 1943, when she was 10, she gave her first piano recital at the town library. There she not only experienced her first applause, but also had her first encounter with racism: during the recital her parents were removed from the first row to accommodate some whites. This episode was a traumatic experience for her and may be the origin of her commitment to the fight for freedom and civil rights.


Renegade Eye said...

Nina Simone was great. Her voice was exquisite.

She did work for the civil rights movement in the US.

She would have been a bigger artist, except for her bipolar disorder. Because of her mood swings and reputation not to show up, she lost bookings.


She lost bookings,but she won our hearts...