LISTEN: Nina Simone’s Ode to ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ Children Still Matters

By Sameer Rao Jan 09, 2019

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.