To Be Young, Gifted And Black – Nina Simone (1969)

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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, To Be Young, Gifted And Black by Nina Simone. The record was released in 1969, on the RCA record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of American Christian minister and activist, Martin Luther King Jr. giving a speech.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: To Be Young, Gifted And Black
Media Artist/s: Nina Simone
Record Label: RCA
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1960s
Genre: Funk / Soul

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Nina Simone – The Artist

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (1933 – 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.Throughout her career, Simone assembled a collection of songs that would later become standards in her repertoire. Some were songs that she wrote herself, while others were new arrangements of other standards, and others had been written especially for the singer. bHer first hit song was her rendition of George Gershwin’s “I Loves You, Porgy” (1958) and during that same period Simone recorded “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, which would become her biggest success years later, in 1987, after it was featured in a 1986 Chanel No. 5 perfume commercial. Well-known songs from her Philips albums include “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” on Broadway-Blues-Ballads (1964), “I Put a Spell on You”, “Ne me quitte pas” (a rendition of a Jacques Brel song) and “Feeling Good” on I Put a Spell On You (1965), “Lilac Wine” and “Wild Is the Wind” on Wild is the Wind (1966).

To Be Young, Gifted And Black – The Song

‘To Be Young, Gifted And Black’ is a song by Nina Simone with lyrics by Weldon Irvine. The song was originally recorded and released by Simone in 1969. “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” was written in memory of Simone’s late friend Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play A Raisin in the Sun, who had died in 1965 aged 34. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years including Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Bob and Marcia. It is considered an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the silhouette of American Christian minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. giving an address with two vintage microphones. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; J1929 – 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

The civil rights movement (also known as the American civil rights movement and other terms) in the United States was a decades-long struggle by African Americans to end legalised racial discrimination, disenfranchisement and racial segregation in the United States. The movement has its origins in the Reconstruction era during the late 19th century, although the movement achieved its largest legislative gains in the mid-1960s after years of direct actions and grassroots protests. The social movement’s major nonviolent resistance campaigns eventually secured new protections in federal law for the human rights of all Americans. Many popular representations of the movement are centred on the charismatic leadership and philosophy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. However, some scholars note that the movement was too diverse to be credited to any one person, organisation, or strategy.

 

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
Artist Formation

Solo Artist

Decade

60's

Gender

Female

Nationality

American

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