The lyrics of Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” lift up the brilliance—and the struggles—of Black children. The latest episode of NPR’s American Anthem series revisits the musician’s hit song nearly 50 years after its release, as today’s Black youth continue to fight White supremacy. Listen as musicians Somi and Meshell Ndegeocello (who covered the song) discuss the track’s continued relevance.
LISTEN: Nina Simone's Ode to 'Young, Gifted and Black' Children Still Matters
Meshell Ndegeocello and Somi discuss the enduring importance of Simone’s 1969 tribute to Black youth for NPR’s American Anthem series.
Colorlines Screenshot of an archival photograph of Nina Simone, taken from Facebook on January 9, 2018.